The Commonwealth Bank Australian Country Cricket Championships have to come to a close in Bendigo, Australia overnight. The competition featured the best players from the country areas of New South Wales, Queensland, Western Australia, Victoria, South Australia as well as an East-Asia Pacific side featuring the combined top players from PNG, Vanuatu and Fiji.
After an eight-day round robin style tournament, Queensland took out the competition finishing on 23 points followed by VIC (17), N.S.W (15), W.A (14), S.A (9) and EAP (3).
Despite finishing at the bottom of the ladder there were some very positive signs for the East-Asia Pacific side, consistently posting competitive scores in all matches. Their fourth game total of 8/194 only being chased down by Victoria in the final over.
East-Asia Pacific captain Jason Kila finished as the highest run-scorer for the competition with 196 in total and a high score of 91. EAP’s Joel Tom and Dogodo Bau were also pivotal figures finishing ranked 11th and 12th for batting in the competition. Kila also finished as the top fielder for the EAP side with 3 catches and a run-out assist.
Jelany Chilia was the pick of the bowlers for the EAP side finishing ranked 19th in the competition with five wickets, and a strong economy rate of just 2.46 runs/over.
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