Blue Mountains into Western Zone Plate cricket semi-finals

Semi-finals looming: Alex Crowther scored 39 for Blue Mountains against Bathurst. Skipper John Ford is looking for big things from his batsmen. Photo: Chris Seabrook
Semi-finals looming: Alex Crowther scored 39 for Blue Mountains against Bathurst. Skipper John Ford is looking for big things from his batsmen. Photo: Chris Seabrook

When Blue Mountains Cricket Association’s senior team sets foot on the cricket pitch on November 26 they will face the great unknown.

Competing in the semi-final of the Western Zone Plate, Blue Mountains will face Forbes, a team they haven’t played in many years.

“We're not sure what to expect,” said captain John Ford of Wentworth Falls.

But he was confident in the team’s abilities.

“We’ve got good depth within the ranks,” Ford said of his team comprising players aged 18 to 43.

“If the batsmen can score enough runs we have the bowling team to bowl anyone out.”

He’ll be looking for a strong performance from Wentworth Falls batsman Alex Crowther, who scored 39 against Bathurst on October 28.

We’ve got good depth within the ranks.

John Ford

Blue Mountains made it to the semi-finals after a convincing win against Bathurst. Scoring 185, Bathurst were unable to chase down Blue Mountains’ total of 212. 

If Blue Mountains come up trumps against Forbes they’ll most likely face Mudgee or Narromine in the grand final.

Having played both teams on numerous occasions, Ford said: “It’s always been a close battle.

“It’s whoever plays best on the day.”