ACC Championships nearing conclusion

By Tyler Maher

Victoria continues to dominate the women’s Australian Country Cricket Championships tournament currently taking place across Greater Shepparton.

The host state remained unbeaten after five matches at the time of writing, with a 24-run victory against arch-rival New South Wales on Monday evening the most recent completed contest.

Amy Yates (39) was again on fire as Victoria compiled 6-120 from its 20 overs before restricting NSW to 7-96 thanks to Yates (2-18) and Steph Townsend (2-17).

Jaclyn Vickery (3-14) and Joanne Kelly (27) were NSW’s best performers in the Princess Park clash.

Western Australia also had a win on Monday evening, with Amy Edgar (37) and Courtney Holt (31 not out) reeling in Queensland’s total of 4-102 — which was largely built by Tess Cooper (40) — in the penultimate over of the chase.

East Asia Pacific’s Brenda Tau (52 not out) was on fire yesterday at Vibert Reserve, helping her side defeat Northern Territory despite Melissa Campbell’s 42 not out.

Vicky Ara’a (3-18) was also in top form for EAP.

There has also been a schedule change for the remainder of the tournament, with matches moved away from Deakin Reserve to other venues due to the condition of the pitch.

‘‘We have moved the remaining matches of the Australian Country Cricket Championships to venues which better meet our required standards for this event,’’ a Cricket Australia spokesperson said of the change.

Cricket Shepparton president David D’Elia acknowledged the efforts of Deakin Reserve’s tenants in working to rectify the condition of the pitch.

‘‘CA made the decision after speaking to umpires, team officials and players about the pitch,’’ D’Elia said.

‘‘They felt that the other pitches meet the required standards (and) spoke to myself, City of Greater Shepparton, Central Park-St Brendan’s and the clubs where the games were going to be moved to and made the decision.

‘‘It is disappointing that the pitch at Deakin wasn’t up to standard after the work that Central Park-St Brendan’s had put in and (is) something Cricket Shepparton will be discussing with City of Greater Shepparton (and) Central Park-St Brendan’s moving forward.’’

●Victoria’s men’s side tasted defeat in its second one-day contest, going down to Western Australia by 99 runs on Monday at Tatura’s Howley Oval.

The weight of scoreboard pressure proved too much for the Vic bats to handle after Aaron Burrage (62), Tim Hutchinson (61) and Zane Marwick (40) had steered WA to a total of 247.

Despite Jordan Moran (56) and Cameron Williams (33) getting starts at the top of the order for Victoria, the outfit was all-out for 148 in the 41st over.

Victoria’s Ben Boyd (4-56) and WA’s Patrick Butler (4-37) were the pick of the bowlers.

In Monday’s other contest Queensland engineered a four-wicket win over South Australia on the back of stellar performances from Brad Stout (40) and Mason Kohler (4-9).

Brodie O’Dea (43) and David Golder (3-38) battled hard for SA.