Bec Cady impresses with the bat at Australian Country Championships for the NSW Bush Breakers

BEC Cady might have struggled with the bat at times this season, but on Sunday she had no troubles at the crease as she helped New South Wales Country to victory in its Australian Country Championships opener.

TAKING IT IN: Bec Cady (third from left) watches some of the Australian Country Championships action with her team-mates. Photo: COUNTRY CRICKET NSW FACEBOOK

TAKING IT IN: Bec Cady (third from left) watches some of the Australian Country Championships action with her team-mates. Photo: COUNTRY CRICKET NSW FACEBOOK

The Bathurst cricket graduate, who now plays for Penrith in the Sydney Women’s Cricket Competition, belted 35 off 18 delivers opening the batting for the Bush Breakers.

Her aggressive knock, which included six boundaries, helped the Bush Breakers to a commanding 10-wicket victory over the Northern Territory in Geraldton, Western Australia.

Having been a member of the inaugural Bush Breakers outfit that placed third at last year’s championship, this year Cady was handed vice-captaincy of the side.

She shapes as a key member of a Bush Breakers outfit which features six debutantes. Not only can she be damaging in the top order as Sunday’s knock illustrates, she also acts as wicket-keeper for her side.

Northern Territory won the toss on Sunday and elected to bat first in the Twenty20 format fixture.

However, they struggled against the Bush Breakers attack as just two players managed to reach double figures in scraping together a 56-run total.

Cady played a role in dismissing opener and top scorer Bronte Stray (15 off 41), stumping her off Kirsten Smith’s bowling.

In reply Cady and her fellow opener Naomi McDonald (15 off 19) made short work of the chase, the winning runs coming in the sixth over. She looked to back up that effort against Western Australia late on Monday.