New South Wales bowler Duncan McIlveen celebrates his second dismissal.
New South Wales bowler Duncan McIlveen celebrates his second dismissal.

CCC player of series title shared

By STEVE SPINKS

QUEENSLAND Country captain Brian May and NSW Country leg-spinner Ben Woolmer were named the players of the Australian Country Cricket Championship at the presentation dinner on Saturday night at the Lismore Workers Club.

It is only the second time in the 21 years of the carnival that two players have won the series award.

The only other occasion that two players shared the award was last year at Mt Gambier, South Australia.

May also picked up the batsman aggregate award with 387 runs, while Woolmer received the bowling aggregate award with 24 wickets.

May is no stranger to the player of the series award.

He has picked it up twice before ? 1999-2000 and 2000-2001.

The former Queensland Second XI player had a great carnival, scoring three half-centuries and one hundred in five matches.

For Woolmer it was vindication of his selection in the NSW team.

A builder from Charlestown, the all-rounder has been knocking on the door for selection in the Bush Blues team for a number of years.

The 27-year-old's best figures for the carnival were against Victoria where he snared 7-93.

Both players were also selected in the Australian Country team.

Traditionally, this team has been able to play a touring professional outfit.

The Australian Country team was set to play Pakistan at Oakes Oval, Lismore, later this month, but scheduling problems meant the match was cancelled.

Rain affected all of the matches on Saturday, but it did not delay the inevitable.

Queensland, after passing NSW's total of 118 on Friday, batted on to amass 6-214 before the captains agreed to finish early.

It was Queensland's first ACCC victory since 2001-2002, and they remained the only undefeated team.

May (73) and opener David Else (104 not out) led the way for the Maroons, with Newcastle bowler Duncan McIlveen the pick of the attack, with 3-39.

West Australia and South Australia played out a drawn match at Oakes Oval, Lismore, while Victoria cruised to a first innings victory over East Asia Pacific at Richards Oval, Lismore.



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