A former international batsman and his prodigal son will team up to represent the Bunbury and Districts Cricket Association in this year’s Country Cup tournament.
Murray Goodwin, 45, who played 19 Test matches for Zimbabwe, has been named alongside his son Jayden, 16, in the opening game against Busselton-Margaret River on Sunday.
The youngest Goodwin, a leg-spinning all-rounder, is fresh off a player-of-the-tournament performance at the Under-17 Australian Cricket Championships, where he scored 476 runs at an average of 95.2.
Jayden is touted as one of the most promising junior batsman in the State and is set to once again represent WA at the under-19 national championships.
At the weekend the pair shared an unbeaten 67-run stand for Colts, as they chased down Leschenault’s measly total of 96.
Earlier in the day, Jayden has torn through the Green Caps’ batting line-up, taking 5-10 off just seven overs.
The teenager is no stranger to the big stage, having helped Colts to the BDCA title last year, scoring 49 and 36 in their four-wicket grand final win.
The Country Cup championships return to the fold after a year hiatus and will run as a one-day competition for the first time since 2008-09.
Joining Bunbury and Busselton-Margaret River in the round-robin tournament is a team from the Albany Cricket Association and a Country Invitational XI.
The Country Cup returns so selectors can identify the best players for this year’s Australian Country Cricket Championships as well as bringing back inter-association cricket to regional WA
Western Australian Country coach Tim Edmunds said he was excited by the strength of the four sides set to compete in the competition.
He said Bunbury’s team was one of the strongest, with the Goodwins to be joined by former captain Jono Whitney and former WACA Premier First Grade all-rounder Reece O’Connell.
Edmunds will take charge of the invitational XI, but will also keep a close eye on the Albany cricketers.
“That should be a good hit-out between the two sides,” he said.
“Albany have put in a full-strength side which is exciting.
“It will be an even contest and I am really looking forward to that game in Narrogin.”
Edmunds said selectors would watch the game between Busselton-Margaret River and Bunbury and Districts Cricket associations.
“We have not had this in the country before,” he said.
The final of the Country Cup will be played at the WACA on December 2.