Western Australia has missed out on lifting the 2015-16
Commonwealth Bank Australian Country Cricket Championships title after a final
round loss to newly crowned champions South Australia.
The winner of the WA-SA clash was always likely to be
crowned champions on Monday at the Mount Gambier event, with the two states
sitting atop the table heading into the final round.
WA won the toss and elected to bat, but stumbled to be all
out for 126 from less than 40 overs.
Jono Whitney top scored with an unbeaten 54, but wickets
fell around him and he was unable to build a partnership.
Early wickets from Hayden Burling and Matthew Jenkinson gave
WA hope early, reducing SA to 2-18.
SA opener Ben Smith steadied the ship with 53, but WA kept
on taking wickets to keep the pressure on.
Patrick Butler and Julian Crudeli both finished with two
wickets each, but SA finished the job six wickets down to clinch the title.
With Victoria and Queensland winning elsewhere, WA
eventually finished fourth.