BDCA face unbeaten Albany in semi-final

George Goodwin and Justin FrisSouth Western Times
The BDCA celebrate a rare highlight during Monday’s heavy loss to Upper Great Southern.
Camera IconThe BDCA celebrate a rare highlight during Monday’s heavy loss to Upper Great Southern. Credit: Mitchell Woodcock

It’s been a mixed week for the Bunbury and Districts Cricket Association across all grades of the 2019 Alcohol Think Again senior country week championships in Perth.

Finishing second in Pool Gold with two victories from three matches, the BDCA take on unbeaten Albany today at Charles Veryard Reserve for a spot in the final.

After recording a handy 122-run victory over Geraldton in oppressive conditions on Sunday, a heavily depleted BDCA were defeated outright and on first innings against Upper Great Southern on Monday.

Selection issues resulted in the BDCA fielding 10 players for Monday’s match, with seven players missing from round one.

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Winning the toss and batting first against the A-section favourites, the South West side crashed to defeat before lunch for the first time in their history – skittled for 41 off 16.4 overs.

Only Graham Yates reached double figures, making 14 off 40 balls.

Upper Great Southern’s Francis brothers, Brock (5-19 off eight overs) and Grady (4-21 off eight overs) were all that were required to dismantle the innings.

UGS passed the Bunbury total by by the lunch break, before eventually declaring at 7-245 in the 55th over.

Star of the show was Arron Quartermaine, who plays in the South West occasionally, posting 112 from 146 balls.

Forced to follow on, the BDCA lost three early wickets before veterans Lee Sorfleet (26) and Clint Hewson (41) offered some resistance, but were ultimately unable to stretch the opposition bowling attack and finished on 9-111 off 26.2 overs.

In yesterday’s match against Albany’s number two side at Charles Veryard Reserve, the BDCA made 247 and managed to dismiss their opponents for 163, with Yates the pick of the bowlers snaring 3/41.

Across other grades, the BDCA’s second side finished winless in B-Section – while things were rosier for BDCA number three in D-Section, who despite losing against Geraldton number two, were on course for a solid finish to the tournament.

BDCA’s F-Section side finished third in their pool.

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