AN aggressive knock opening the batting from Bathurst’s Bec Cady helped her New South Wales Country side sit on top of the ladder at the completion of the round games at Australian Country Cricket Championships.
After suffering its first loss of the Wollongong based tournament on Monday, going down to South Australia by 10 runs, the Bush Breakers sat second on the ladder heading into the final round.
But thanks to Cady’s unbeaten 41 off as many deliveries which led the Bush Breakers to an eight-wicket victory over Western Australia Country, they reclaimed first spot.
This year’s tournament marks Cady’s first appearance in a state team, but the wicket-keeper and top order bat has embraced the challenge.
Only one player – South Australia’s Brittany Perry (228) – scored more runs than Cady through the six Twenty20 format pool games.
Batting at number two she scored 166 runs which included 18 boundaries and a six. Just as importantly, Cady had a strike rate of 98.2.
Her fellow Bathurst cricketer – Bush Breakers skipper Lisa Griffith - ranked fifth with 127 runs and a 63.50 strike rate.
In Tuesday morning’s match, NSW were sent into the field first and restricted WA to 4-98, Griffith claiming 2-15 off three overs.
They chased that total down in 15 overs.