Western Australia has won its first Under-19 National Championships title in more than 20 years after a six-wicket victory over ACT/NSW Country at Adelaide’s Gliderol Stadium today.
WA chased down ACT/NSW Country’s total of 193 all out with 37 balls to spare, led by Alcohol.Think Again Western Warriors rookie Cameron Green (51no from 23 bals) and South Perth talent Darius D’Silva (49no).
Green was the star of the show, also taking 4-30 from nine overs with the ball, with good support from South Africa-born Bradley Hope (2-37).
WA hasn’t lifted the Under-19’s title since the 1993-94 Championships in Melbourne. It is WA’s fifth Under-19’s title.
ACT/NSW Country won the toss and elected to bat, but Green and Hope both struck early to reduce them to 2-16.
WA skipper Aaron Hardie ran out Matthew Gilkes (57) in an important breakthrough, but ACT/NSW Country still got to 3-140 before another run out, this time from Hope.
From there WA took 7-43, led by Green, while Liam Knight and Matt Spoors also claimed a wicket each as ACT/NSW Country were bowled out in the 48thover.
WA lost opener Daniel Moore (4) early in reply, before Spoors led the way with a blazing knock.
However, Spoors (42) and Hope (1) fell in quick succession, with WA stumbling to 3-59.
Hardie and D’Silva came together for a steadying and patient stand, before the WA skipper fell for 40, leaving WA 4-117.
Green, though, eased any concerns with a scintillating half-century which included eight fours and one six alongside D’Silva to guide WA to its first U19’s title in 23 years.