ATW player Lachlan Donovan keeps his eye on the ball against Country Wests.
ATW player Lachlan Donovan keeps his eye on the ball against Country Wests. Scottie Simmonds

Wests bat to win over ATW

COUNTRY Wests’ captain Travis Henke led by example on Saturday helping his team to a comfortable victory over Across The Waves in the opening round of division one competition.

The leading hand called for composure on the battling crease after a slog-heavy opening to last weekend’s Twenty20 Championship preliminary final helped Brothers to victory.

“I had a bit of a talk to the boys and told them we’d need to be a bit more restrained out there and choose our shots a bit more wisely,” he said.

“Everyone likes getting out there and get stuck into it but I want the guys to be out there for the long haul.”

Henke fell just short of achieving a century in the 50-over season opener, notching up 97 runs. His partnership with Henke and Phil Proctor (48) helped Country Wests eclipse Across The Waves total of 206 by five runs, with five wickets still in hand.

Country Wests’ paceman Andrew Gear sent Across The Waves’ opening order tumbling with some speedy outswing deliveries to claim five scalps and concede only 18 runs.

Henke said the win had given his side confidence in the absence of Wests veterans, opening batsman Scott Irwin and all-rounder and former coach Matt Fleming.

“The guys had some pretty pleasing partnerships on the pitch and fielded and bowled solidly,” he said.

“If we can fine-tune and hone the brand of cricket we are playing at the moment I think we will be in good stead.”

Across the Salter Oval field, Norths suffered a baptism of fire to division-one competition.

Finishing all out for 115, Brothers only conceded three wickets in chasing the total.



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