BDCA players dominate country squad

Mitchell WoodcockSouth Western Times
Cruize Ciallella will represent the WA Country XI again. Six players from the Bunbury and Districts Cricket Association have been chosen in the squad.
Camera IconCruize Ciallella will represent the WA Country XI again. Six players from the Bunbury and Districts Cricket Association have been chosen in the squad. Credit: Blake Edwards

Almost half of the WA Country XI squad is made up of players from the Bunbury and Districts Cricket Association after the team was announced last week.

Six players from the BDCA were selected by the Western Australia Country Cricket Board to take part in the Toyota Country Cricket Championships which will held in Geraldton between January 5 and 13.

Hay Park’s Jono Whitney will once again captain the side and will be joined by Colts all-rounders Cruize Ciallella and Joe Barningham as well as Dalyellup Beach seamer Liam Renton, Marist captain Reece O’Connell and Leschenault skipper Tom Buchanan.

Whitney said the high number of BDCA players in the squad represented the strength of the competition.

“I think we only had a couple (BDCA players) last year, so it is great,” he said.

“It shows that we are doing the right thing in the BDCA.”

Whitney said he was pleased with the number of “three-dimensional” cricketers in the squad, with a number of all-rounders named.

This includes Ciallella, Barningham and O’Connell, who are all top order batsman and left-arm orthodox spinners.

“We wanted guys who can bat, bowl and field. Especially as we are playing a number of Twenty20 games,” he said.

“To bat all the way down the order and have plenty of bowling depth is great for a captain.”

Whitney said he had never been to Geraldton, but was pleased to have the home State advantage.

“We will use the local knowledge from some of the guys to see how the pitches play,” he said.

Whitney said the Country XI’s participation in the West Australian Premier Cricket Twenty20 competition had been the ideal preparation for the tournament.

“We are certainly going in confident,” he said. “I think we have had a much better preparation heading into the carnival.

“We are confident especially as we have competed well against the WACA teams in Perth.”

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