After three successive losses, Orange City seamer Nick Warburton and Kinross batter Phoebe Litchfield made sure their Western Zone finished the 2016-17 Kookaburra Cup on a high on Thursday with a smashing victory over Central Northern.
After winning its first match on Monday, Western then suffered three successive losses to Southern/ACT, North Coastal and Illawarra before the final day victory at Griffith’s Exies No.1 Oval.
Litchfield top scored as Western compiled 116 before Warburton combined with Mudgee’s Lachlan Endacott to take nine of Central Northern’s wickets – combined – and skittle the New England-based side for just 53, in only 24 overs.
Orange’s Blake Weymouth (10) got a start at the top of the order before being bowled by Tom Dreury, but added a crucial 31 for the first wicket with Young’s Ben Schofield (11).
Western did struggle somewhat after that, outside Litchfield (27) – who, coincidentally was bowled by Cotter Litchfield although it’s unknown if there’s any relation – and Parkes’ Ryan Dunn (17).
Warburton also chipped in with a handy 11 at the end of the innings.
In reply, thanks to Warburton and Endacott, Central Northern never stood a chance.
The pair snared 4-9 and 5-6 respectively, both from five over spells, to rip through Central Northern. Forbes’ Darcy Leadbitter snared the other wicket.
Cavaliers’ Hugh Middleton took 0-14 from six overs, continuing his stellar form throughout the tournament.
Overall, in their first taste at this level, Litchfield finished the carnival with 66 runs while Weymouth knocked up 42, Middleton finished with three wicket at 18 – but his economy rate of two was the real highlight, he tied up an end constantly – and Warburton finished with five wickets at an average of 12.2.