WESTERN Zone have made a shaky but ultimately successful start to the under 17s country championships in Raymond Terrace, scoring a three-wicket win over North Coast yesterday.
After North Coast won the toss and elected to bat it was Dubbo’s Will Wolter who led the way for Western, snaring figures of 3-33 off seven overs.
His effort, along with two-wicket hauls from Cowra’s Jacob McNaught (2-40) and Orange’s Daniel Donato (2-25), helped Western remove the coastal side for 186 in the 47th over.
In reply, openers Kyle Aubin and Orange’s Charles Litchfield led the way early, making 68 and 54 respectively, but their dismissals sparked a collapse which saw Western endure a tense final few overs.
After being 0-143 shortly after the second drinks break, Western stumbled losing 7-27, but ultimately they were able to fall over the line thanks to Donato (10 not out) and Tom Galvin (5no).
“In terms of getting a win it was a good way to start the carnival but we know things will get a bit tougher over the next two days,” Western manager David Redden said.
“We play Newcastle on Saturday and Central North on Sunday who are probably a bit stronger than North Coast.”