Western have put in a dominant display for the second season in a row after finishing equal second on points at the Bradman Cup in Albury-Wodonga this week.
The side won three of their five games at the under-16s carnival, finishing behind Riverina on run rate and two games behind undefeated champions Central Coast.
Dubbo junior Koda Sissian combined with Hugh Middleton to hand Western a commanding win on Thursday, with the former making 70 and the Orange all-rounder hitting 50 to post 8-274 against ACT Southern Districts.
The territory side gave their all in the chase, reaching 7-266 thanks to half-centuries to Tom Kellar (75) and Deshan Marashinghe (58) before running out of overs.
Ben Rosenbaum (2-22 off six) and Joseph Cant (2-25 off 10) did the damage for Western.
However, Western weren’t able to chase down 104 in their Twenty20 clash on Wednesday afternoon against Central Coast.
Mudgee young gun Lochie Endacott nabbed 2-14 from his four overs to help restrict the eventual champions to just 108.
He also had the second best dig for the Western side, hitting 19, but none of his teammates aside from Tom Coady (27) could offer much support as they could only muster 9-94 in reply as Central Coast’s Harrison Townsend took 3-9 from four overs.
Meanwhile, Western had no such luck in the Kookaburra Cup, failing to win a game and finishing at the bottom of the table in the under-14s carnival.
The side were skittled for 99 in Wednesday’s 50-over match with North Coastal, in which four batters were run out – three for ducks – leaving Anthony Atlee (22) and Jack Fuller (27) to pick up the pieces.
In reply, Jack Wakely smacked an unbeaten 73 – including a six to win the game – leaving his side 2-104 from 24 overs.
The side lost to ACT Southern Districts the following day.
After rolling ACT for 143 thanks to two-wicket hauls to Dubbo duo Luke Rummans and Harry Quinn, three of the Canberra bowlers took three wickets apiece – including Akshay Joseph’s 3-7 from six and Will Axelby’s 3-18 from eight.
Atlee again led the way with 21, but Western collapsed from 1-55 to 7-78, eventually all-out for 119 and handing ACT a 24-run win.
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