There were mixed emotions for Victoria’s squads at the end of the Australian Country Cricket Championships in Greater Shepparton yesterday.
On one hand, the women’s team broke through for its first ACCC title after completing an unbeaten run through the championships with victory against Queensland in the final.
But on the other, the men’s outfit went from a position of strength in its one-day final against Western Australia to suffering a collapse of 8-46 and tasting a 69-run defeat.
Victorian skipper Chelsea Moscript played a crucial role in her side’s title win, taking 3-6 from her four overs with the ball to put the brakes on Queensland’s chase.
Despite some late order hitting from Meagan Dixon (38 not out from 26 deliveries) and Amy Riddell (20 not out from 19) Queensland could not fully recover, making 4-113 in reply to Victoria’s 5-122.
Renee Moffitt (49) and Amy Yates (34) had set up Victoria’s total with strong knocks at the top of the order after Moscript had chosen to have first use of Vibert Reserve’s pitch.
A solid bowling performance from Victoria’s men — among which Lee Stockdale (4-36) and Tony Caccaviello (3-28) were the standouts — had Western Australia all-out for what looked a sub-par 188.
But after Jordan Moran (34 from 58 deliveries) and Cameron Williams (25 from 32) got the host state off to a great start in the chase, the middle order could not go on with the job.
Patrick Butler (4-14), Daniel Abel (3-31) and Tim Hutchinson (51) led the way for Western Australia.
For a comprehensive wrap up of the Australian Country Cricket Championships, pick up a copy of Monday’s News.