Country Wests bowler Phil Proctor fires one down the pitch at ATW dangerman Sean Stuchbery in yesterday’s match at Salter Oval.
Country Wests bowler Phil Proctor fires one down the pitch at ATW dangerman Sean Stuchbery in yesterday’s match at Salter Oval.

Soul-searching after another loss

ANY hopes Country Wests had of appearing in December’s NewsMail Cup final were dashed yesterday as the side slumped to its latest loss in the two-day matches.

The under-achieving Wests fell to Waves in a first-innings loss, the latest in a frustrating season for the club.

The year started well for Country Wests when the division one side won the Twenty20 competition with a win over Across the Waves.

But the side has failed to emulate that success in the two-day season.

Despite strong individual performances throughout, Wests batting attack has failed to find the consistency needed to compete with competition heavyweights Brothers and Across the Waves.

Yesterday, young gun Steve Nichols and veteran Phil Proctor led the way, each scoring a half-century, but Wests was unable to continue the momentum, finishing with just 217 runs in the first innings.

Waves capitalised and scored 306 on the way to a first-innings victory.

Meanwhile Brothers enjoyed a relaxing weekend ahead of next week’s two-day match with Across the Waves.

The premiers only played 90 minutes on Saturday morning as the division one team thrashed its division two club-mates.

Batting first, the division two Brothers Sharks scored just 83 runs.

Brothers batting attack made light work of the total and cruised to victory.



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