Players will be coming home with mixed feelings about the WA Country Week, held in Perth last weekend, with one Pilbara team managing to top their division, while others slumped to the bottom of their ladder. In the A-grade competition, West Pilbara 1 struggled to find form in the group stage, facing three straight defeats before an impressive partnership between Harvey Golding (87 off 139 balls) and Cameron Gordon (62 off 94 balls) saw them pick up their first win of the tournament. The win saw the team enter the fifth-place playoff against Upper Great Southern 1, who set an impressive total of 234 runs for West Pilbara to chase. And despite high hopes for the Pilbara team, a top-order batting collapse saw the team sitting at 3/3 at the end of the second over. Fourth batsman Jesse Charles came out firing, hitting 22 runs off 20 balls — including two 6s — but was soon caught out. It took just 16.5 overs for the Upper Great Southern team to get all the wickets, leaving West Pilbara 1 more than 100 short of the required score, sitting on 10/121. It wasn’t all bad news for the Pilbara though, with the West Pilbara 2 team — competition in the D grade competition — bringing home the crown. The Pilbarites were the only team in their division to go through the group stage undefeated. And it all kicked off with a memorable win over Esperance 2 — with the West Pilbara team slogging a total of 285 runs thanks to an impressive century from Brad Rixom, (107 runs off 90 balls). But it was the bowling that took the cake, with the team managing to bowl Esperance 2 all out for just 18 runs. The domination continued into round two, where West Pilbara slogged 311 runs against Kalgoorlie Boulder 1, and held them to just 111 runs. And it seemed they were sick of setting ridiculous totals by round 3, instead allowing South Midlands to set the target — this time at just 44 runs. It was light work for West Pilbara 2, who needed just 11 overs and a single wicket to surpass the total and end the group stage undefeated. The semi-finals saw a cross-Pilbara battle between West Pilbara 2 and Newman 2. Newman set the total at 86 runs, which were quickly dispatched by West Pilbara, who lost just two wickets and required just 21 of the 40 overs. In the grand final, West Pilbara had a slightly tougher time but still managed to set the chase at 212 runs, a total Busselton Margaret River couldn’t top, hitting 160 runs before their final wicket fell to hand West Pilbara 2 the title. Mirroring the success of West Pilbara 2, West Pilbara 3 also put in some stellar performances throughout the group stage to make the grand final. Facing Wyalkatchem 2 in the grand final, West Pilbara were able to slog 207 runs before bowling Wyalkatchem all out in 36 overs, leaving them 72 runs short of the total on 135.