West Pilbaraa country week force

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The under 16 West Pilbara Junior Cricket Association were too strong for their opposition.
Camera IconThe under 16 West Pilbara Junior Cricket Association were too strong for their opposition. Credit: Supplied

West Pilbara’s best junior cricketers blasted away their competition in the recent junior country week tournament.

West Pilbara Cricket Association’s under-16 team stormed to the top of the ladder in the mixed 20-over and 50-over competition, dismantling the other organisations as they went through the tournament undefeated.

The under-16 side announced their intentions early, scoring a daunting 148 from their 20 overs before restricting Peel to just 65.

The second round was a rematch, with West Pilbara too strong for Peel again, cruising to victory by 88 runs after skittling Peel for 53 runs.

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When the competition switched to 50 overs, the junior cricketers remained unfazed, making short work of Wellington and Bunbury in one-sided games.

In the final game of the series, West Pilbara won the toss and elected to bat.

Jackson Mahur blasted a match-defining 73 from just 98 balls, with Bradley Beier chipping in with a significant 40 runs to launch West Pilbara to an intimidating total of 209.

Beier backed up his 40 runs with a brutal spell of bowling that saw him take five wickets for just 14 runs to rip apart Upper Great Southern’s top order.

Casey Moy, Marcus O’Brien, Michael Durack and Caleb Bruyns all chipped in with a wicket each to skittle their opponents for just 62 runs.

Marcus O’Brien had the highest batting average for West Pilbara and third highest for the division, making 228 runs at 38 with a strike rate of 116.3.

O’Brien’s innings included a massive 28 fours and five sixes with a high score of 79.

Jackson Mahur was the next highest scorer for West Pilbara, making 180 runs at 45, including 20 fours and a high score of 73.

Meanwhile, Beier topped the table for bowling, taking 15 wickets from his 33.1 overs, conceding just 82 runs with an economy of 2.47.

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