Hedland, West Pilbara score wins at NW cricket comp

Alicia PereraPilbara News
The winning men’s team from Port Hedland.
Camera IconThe winning men’s team from Port Hedland. Credit: Pilbara News, Alicia Perera

The Pilbara’s best cricket players spent the weekend competing to be crowned the best in the region at a North West Cup that involved more than double the number of players on last year and close competition in all divisions.

About 150 people competed in the annual regional tournament in Karratha between Friday and Sunday, which this year included men’s teams from Karratha, Port Hedland, Tom Price and Paraburdoo, Newman, Broome and Exmouth and women’s and juniors teams from Karratha and Port Hedland.

The senior’s men’s division winner came down to percentage after three teams — Port Hedland, Broome and West Pilbara — tied for points, with Port Hedland edging out the competition to claim the title and breaking West Pilbara’s long-running winning streak in the competition.

West Pilbara won both the women’s and junior divisions after winning two out of three games against Port Hedland in each.

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MVPs were McEnrith Enoch of Hedland (men’s), West Pilbara’s Jessica Creighton (women’s) and Port Hedland’s Ben Leonard (juniors).

Event organiser and Pilbara Regional Cricket board member Adrian D’Cunha said the competition had seen huge growth this year with the addition of women’s and juniors divisions and men’s teams from Broome and Exmouth.

“We’ve gone from having four men’s teams to 10 teams combined across women’s men’s and juniors, and it just gives us the scale to do things like (get umpires from the WACA) and makes it feasible to improve the standard of the competition, the standard of the umpiring, to do capacity building across the region and all those things designed to grow cricket,” he said.

D’Cunha said the standard of cricket had been high.

“It’s great that we got down to the last day and every team had their last game matter in terms of trying to win it — the closeness of the competition was fantastic,” he said.

West Pilbara women’s captain Jessica Creighton said being involved in the tournament for the first time had improved her player’s skills and confidence.

“A couple of the ladies have never played before, have never bowled on an actual cricket pitch to a proper batter, and some of them started off a bit nervous but by the end of the competition they were getting wickets and doing really well,” she said.

The 2020 North West Cup will be held in Port Hedland.

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