Victoria third at Australian Country Cricket Champships

TIME FOR A WELL-EARNED REST: Bendigo's three Victoria Country representatives Taylor Beard, Nathan Fitzpatrick and Cameron Taylor.
TIME FOR A WELL-EARNED REST: Bendigo's three Victoria Country representatives Taylor Beard, Nathan Fitzpatrick and Cameron Taylor.

VICTORIA has finished third at the Australian Country Cricket Championships after rounding out its campaign with a win over Western Australia on Wednesday.

In the last of its 10 games played in Wollongong over the past eight days, Victoria – which features Sandhurst’s Taylor Beard, Bendigo’s Nathan Fitzpatrick and Strathdale’s Cameron Taylor –  defeated Western Australia by five wickets.

Taylor took 2-41 off 10 overs as Western Australia made 7-210 off its 50 overs batting first.

Victoria –  which finished with a 6-4 record –  answered with 5-211, winning with 13 balls to spare.

Queensland won the country title.

Tournament stats:

Cameron Taylor – 117 runs @ 23.4; 13 wickets @ 21.8.

Taylor Beard – 140 runs @ 28.0; 5 wickets @ 15.8.

Nathan Fitzpatrick – 4 runs @ 4.0; 6 wickets @ 19.8.

Meanwhile, Golden Square’s Zane Keighran was in action for the Australian under-16 team against Pakistan’s under-16 side in a game that started late Wednesday afternoon.

Pakistan was batting first at Dubai in game two of the three-match under-16 series.

And in the Victorian State Championships, Northern Rivers’ under-18 team remained unbeaten after three rounds with an 11-run win over Metropolitan West at Princes Park.

It was also day one of the under-16 and under-14 female state championships.

Northern Rivers’ under-16s split its two 25-over matches 1-1, while the under-14s won both their games against Metropolitan Northern and Metropolitan West.