Hutchison century leads WA Invitational XI to Country Cup win over Bunbury

Singleton batsman Tim Hutchison led the WA Invitational XI to a Country Cup victory with a century in their grand final against the Bunbury and Districts Cricket Association (BDCA) on Sunday.

The Peel Cricket Association star – and captain of the WA side at the carnival – pieced together a mighty knock of 107 from 143 deliveries to buoy his team to a healthy total before conjuring three wickets to dismiss Bunbury in their chase and extract revenge on the outfit that beat them in the round-robin clashes.

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Hutchison opened with a resounding set of shots spurring the invitational squad to a hot start.

Teaming with fellow opener Perrin Quatermaine (37), the duo put together a 59-run stand before the WA side lost three quick wickets to have them teetering on the edge at 3/68.

But the arrival of Rodney Ford (47 off 71) to the crease put the innings back on track as he paired with Hutchison for a 107-run partnership.

Jay Collard blasted out a quick 26 runs off 20 balls to put the final touches on WA’s 6/250 score.

Bunbury looked to reply early in the innings but Waroona bowler Dan Abel struck first for the invitationals, dismissing opener Reece O'Connell to leave the chasers at 1/28.

With the BDCA sitting in a 4/53 hole, Eaton’s Chris Marrow put together a team-high knock of 65 in an attempt to will his side back to contention.

But three-wicket hauls to Hutchison and Adam France proved too much for Bunbury to overcome as the WA Invitational XI took home the Country Cup.