Kiata’s Nathan Alexander tore through the Northern Rivers batting line-up in the 50-over for the Western Waves. Picture: PAUL CARRACHERWIMMERA cricketers Jake Leith and Nathan Alexander shared six wickets to lead the Western Waves to victory in the Victorian Country Cricket League under-21 championships on Sunday.
Leith, from Donald, and Alexander, from Kiata, tore through the Northern Rivers batting line-up in the 50-over, one-day final at Ararat’s Alexandra Oval.
The Waves lost the toss and batted first, compiling 6-203 before routing their opponents for just 94 in the 30th over.
Alexander claimed two wickets with the new ball before Leith followed with four wickets.
It was the Waves’ second under-21 championship win in four years.
Kiata’s Brad Alexander also represented the Waves in the win.
Waves under-21 coach Ben Boyd said the side got off to a flying start with the bat and never looked back.
‘‘The wicket looked green and they sent us in,’’ he said.
‘‘We were going to bat so the toss didn’t make any difference.’’
Openers Ben Threlfall, 104 runs, and Nick Butters, 37, both from Warrnambool and District Cricket Association, started aggressively.
Threlfall then anchored the innings, bringing up his century in the 48th over.
‘‘It was tough batting – they bowled well after drinks and the boys consolidated,’’ Boyd said.
Leith said it was a really strong performance from the Waves with the ball.
‘‘Our opening bowlers Will Mills and Nathan Alexander bowled good line and length and took early wickets,’’ he said.
‘‘I came on after Nathan at that end and picked up a couple of wickets.
‘‘I took the last two wickets – it was a good way to finish the game.’’
Leith said he enjoyed testing himself against players from other country regions.
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