NSW Country still on top after T20

NEW South Wales Country negotiated the tricky two-game Twenty20 series to remain unbeaten and sit atop the CBA Australian Country Cricket Championships in Bundaberg yesterday.

The side had entered the day on top of the ACCC table and finished it there after a close win against South Australia and a big eight-wicket success against Western Australia in the afternoon.

NSW had won the morning T20 by nine runs against South Australia, scoring 6-183 and then restricting SA to 8-174.

NSW skipper Graeme Batty (53) topscored with a good half century while Tim Laws (38), Dale Scifleet (21) and Brett Davies (24) also chipped in.

Cameron Belshaw was the pick of the NSW bowlers, claiming 3-34, while Scifleet completed a good match by capturing 2-36 and Andrew Maher claimed 1-15.

“We were a little bit sloppy in the field,” NSWC manager Ron Hancock said of that win.

However they were much better against WA, dismissing the Sandgropers for 90.

Andrew Hicks (3-13), Josh Bennett (2-9) and Pat Rosser (2-13) shared the wickets before Rosser teed off, smacking 69 off just 24 balls in NSWC’s 2-96.

It was incredible to watch,”  Hancock said.

“He smashed it straight, down the ground. He hit five sixes and eight fours. 

“He also took 2-13 with his left-arm orthodox.

“He had a great day and was our man of the match.”

Tamworth wicketkeeper Tom Groth also produced one of the catches of the day to dismiss WA opener G. Nottle in the first over.

“Nottle had scored a century in the first T20 game but Tommy took a fantastic catch in the first over off Josh Bennett to dismiss him for one,” Hancock said.

ACCC TABLE (after Round 2): NSWC 26.35 (1.4921%), Victoria 25.03 (1,6608%), South Australia 20.36 (1.0710%), East Asia Pacific 19.35 (.9857%), Queensland 18.80 (.8941%), Western Australia 16.70 (.7540%), Northern Territory 13.25 (.7694%), ACT 13.16 (.8222%).