With rain affecting the finals day against Tuggeranong Valley, Western District progressed by virtue of being the highest placed side and will take on the best T20 teams from Australian Premier Cricket on March 3 in Adelaide.
Western District captain Matt Condon is no stranger to the big stage, captaining the ACT Aces in the 2017 Regional Bash. He also featured in the 2015 PM’s XI that took on England.
These matches have given him valuable experience, but in his preparations he and his team will look to treat the tournament like any other game.
“It’s the way we like to play. We’re fortunate enough to have plenty of experience in the team. Ethan Bartlett, Ben Oakley and Blake Dean are both in their late 30s so I’m sure they’ll have plenty of advice for our younger players.”
When they head to Adelaide tomorrow, Western District will have some fierce opposition including last year’s champions Carlton, led by captain/coach Evan Gulbis. Potential opponents also include Fremantle, who boast Ashton Turner and Shaun Marsh, and Valley District whose side includes the likes of Usman Khawaja, Jack Wildermuth and Mark Steketee.
Facing BBL and international stars, Condon isn’t daunted. Rather, he’s eager to test his team’s mettle against high strength opposition.
“We’re really looking forward to the challenge. We’ve got a couple of young players who’ll be keen for the opportunity and a couple of older blokes to see if they’ve still got it.”
When asked about his team’s biggest strength, Condon spoke of the depth of his team.
“We’ve got plenty of all-rounders so we have plenty of options which can hopefully keep us out of trouble.”
The National Premier T20 Championships will begin tomorrow (3 March) with the finals on the 4th.