Crawford loved Bush Blues games
TINTENBAR-East Ballina cricketer Brett Crawford, the Far North Coast’s premier all-rounder of the past decade, is keen to chase NSW Country representative honours again next season after an experience he says he’ll never forget at Albury-Wodonga.
Crawford went within a whisker of helping the Bush Blues to the Australian Country Championship this week.
The team finished level on points with competition newcomers Northern Territory, only to lose out on a countback.
“I’m really glad I made the effort to go for selection,” Crawford said from Sydney Airport yesterday on his way home to Ballina.
“It was a great two weeks and I’m keen to be in the team for Bunbury (WA) next season.”
The effort to put aside the time to pursue selection was a big decision for Crawford, 33, who has a young family anda few seasons ago was disillusioned after missing out on the team despite scoring heavily in the trials.
NSW Country could be considered desperately unlucky not to take out the Australian Country Championship.
They beat Queensland Country and Victoria Country, usually their toughest rivals, and lost only one game – a one-dayer against WA Country – over the 12 days of the carnival.
NT lost two games but picked up an outright win over ACT and that was enough to give them the title on a countback.
Crawford this week made handy contributions against Queensland Country (21 runs and 2-22 off 12 overs) and against Victoria Country (33 and 1-10).
His top score was 65 in the Bush Blues’ win over SA Country in the previous game.
Illawarra opening batsman Graham Batty was player of the carnival. Batty came into the team only after a late withdrawal.
Taree quick Corey Shields was the carnival’s leading wicket-taker.
Casino batsman Sam Irvine, playing in his third ACCC, had to fly home last Saturday because of the recurrence of a back injury.
Results this week:
NT 7-341 d East Asia Pacific 337
NSW 228 d Queensland 148 and 9-135
Victoria 8-388 d SA 164
ACT 8-265 d WA 259
NSW 9-302 d Victoria 235
Queensland 6-386 d SA 364
NT 175 and 6-200 d WA 86
East Asia Pacific 170 and 157 d ACT 163