Country too strong for northern rivals

NSW Country has continued its winning start to the 2013 CBA Australian Country Cricket Championships in Bundaberg with a 74-run win over host state Queensland Country yesterday.

Newcastle pacemen Josh Bennett and Andrew Maher spearheaded the win taking nine wickets between them.

NSWC had made 280 on Sunday and dismissed Queensland for 206 yesterday before going back in and chasing bonus points.

With stumps approaching NSWC was 1-56 in its second innings.

“It’s been a good day for us,” manager Ron Hancock said.

“Josh Bennett was outstanding. Took 7-86 off 28 overs. He bowled into the wind too, and he bowled quickly. He filled two roles for us today. He bowled as an opening bowler and then as a stock bowler as well.

“Andrew Maher also bowled well from the other end and finished with 2-48 from his 20 overs. There as also one run out.

“But we are happy with that. We were a little bit concerned yesterday that 280 wasn’t quite enough, especially when we had six overs at them and couldn’t get a wicket and they were 0-20.”

However the side fielded well in behind the two pacemen to deliver a crucial win and chase bonus points late yesterday.

In other games East Asia Pacific beat ACT and South Australia had a narrow win over Northern territory.

NT made 204 and SA passed them nine down before making 216.