Easy win to North-West

Cricket North West secured regional bragging rights for the next 12 months after it recorded an impressive 69-run win over the NTCA in yesterday's intrastate representative match at Latrobe.

A classy innings of 73 by opener Callan Morse and four wickets from Jacob Snare were decisive factors in Cricket North West's victory.

CNW captain Gregg Sharman won the toss and had no hesitation in batting first under clear blue skies. 

After losing Nick Granger (3) early, fellow opener Callan Morse dominated the CNW innings, making 73 from 98 balls.

The talented right-hander struck five fours and two sixes, in the process sharing 50-run partnerships with Trent Keep (14) and Harry Smith (15).

With Morse at the crease it looked like CNW would reach 250, but when he was dismissed by leg-spinner Alec Smith (2-31) the brakes were put on the innings. 

With Casey Young (3-42), Smith and James Bowen (2-24) bowling tidy spells in the final 20 overs, Cricket North West struggled to 8-161 before some late-innings heroics from Sam Murfitt. Hitting the ball sweetly down the ground, Murfitt smashed six boundaries in an innings of 31 not out from 30 balls, in the process guiding CNW to a competitive 9-204 from 50 overs.

The NTCA innings started badly, with Shaun Knott (2-18) knocking over Marshall Pooley in the third over.

This brought captain Dane Anderson to the crease, with the visitors looking to him to dominate the innings.

But Anderson would be brought undone in the next over, dismissed by a brilliant one-handed catch by Bruce Will from the bowling of Todd Chatwin for just four.

The NTCA was 2-14 from four overs, and in big trouble. After the initial onslaught by CNW, Sean Stevenson (31) did his best to resurrect the innings, but Knott and Ulverstone team-mate Sam Murfitt (3-24) kept the pressure on.

At the 20-over mark the NTCA had limped to 5-48, with the required run rate edging towards six runs an over.

With the game slipping away Wes Ripper (35) and Harry Bolland (13) breathed some life back into the innings, adding 53 runs for the sixth wicket to give the Northerners half a chance.

Just when Ripper's aggressive innings was starting to swing the momentum of the match he fell to Jacob Snare, skying the spinner to an awaiting Corey Murfet at deep midwicket.

His dismissal effectively ended the NTCA's chances of victory, with the nagging accuracy of Jacob Snare (4-30) proving too much for its lower order to handle. 

Late innings cameos from Justin Reeves (17) and Michael Lukic (15 not out) added further respectability to the scorecard, but it was to be CNWs day, bowling out the NTCA for 135 in the 44th over.

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