Bunbury Edges Albany For Country Cup Flag
3 March 2015  

Bunbury & Districts Cricket Association have narrowly edged out Albany Cricket Association to be crowned 2015 Toyota Country Cup winners at Breckler Park on Monday.

BDCA finished top of the pile by less than 0.1 on net run rate, ahead of Albany, despite a final round loss to third-placed Peel.

Albany, led by Craig Tonkin’s 69, thrashed 2013 winners Eastern Goldfields by 49 runs in the final round, but it wasn’t enough to leapfrog Bunbury.

Bunbury’s Jono Whitney (pictured, top right) was a key to their success, finishing as the top scorer with 186 from four games at an average of 93.

Bowler Ben Saunders finished with a wet sail, taking eight wickets in Bunbury’s final two games, to end the Country Cup finals as equal leading wicket-taker alongside Peel’s Andrew Tatterson with nine scalps.

Whitney and Albany all-rounder Patrick Butler (pictured, bottom right) were joint winners of the Cup finals’ best individual player award, the Brad Hogg medal.

Hogg was on hand to present the awards at the Cup finals presentation at Breckler Park on Monday afternoon.

Butler posted 127 runs at 42.33 for Albany, while he also took seven wickets throughout the finals at an imposing average of seven.

Bunbury and Albany faced off in the opening round of fixtures, with the eventual champions getting home by seven wickets.

Whitney crunched 32 off 22 balls in the win, as Bunbury chased down Albany’s score of 6-96 with more than three overs to spare. Reece O’Connell took two wickets before managing 25 with the bat too.

Bunbury finished on 18 points with a net run rate of 1.3937, while Albany and Peel were next both on 18 points with net run rates of 1.2983 and -0.3110 respectively.

Pre-tournament favourites Eastern Goldfields finished in fourth with six points ahead of last-placed Fortescue who failed to register a win.