There was no Australian Country Cricket Championships title for the Bush Blues but Jordan Moran could hold his head high after finishing the tournament as the second-leasing run-scorer at Wollongong.
NSW Country defeated East Asia Pacific on Wednesday, the final day of the national tournament, but it wasn’t enough as Queensland defeated South Australia to clinch the one-day title.
Leading Dubbo batsman Moran was again among the runs in his state’s win, showing plenty of intent on his way to making 43.
NSW Country comfortably chased down East Asia Pacific’s total of 160 for the loss of just three wickets.
Moran was shuffled down the order in the chase after opening all week but he was still one of his side’s best, hitting four boundaries and a six.
Pat Darwen, who made a fighting century in Tuesday’s crucial loss to Queensland Country, again starred on Wednesday.
He took 4/44 as East Asia Pacific was dismissed inside 43 overs while he hit a late 40 not out to support opening batsman Jon Nicoll, who finished unbeaten on 55.
Queensland eased past South Australia, winning by six wickets, but the latter’s Ben Pengelly finished as the competition’s leading run-scorer with 349 to his name. Moran was next best with 339 runs for NSW.