Country week in Western Australia is one of the most important and eagerly anticipated cricket carnivals for both supporters and especially players.

It’s an opportunity for them to show off their talents up against the best country cricketers in the state and for a select few of the younger players they get to play two successive weeks. Week one is the age group tournaments then in week two the senior teams go into battle in Perth.

Tyne Dodds - the hard work continues to pay off.

One rising star is 16 year-old top order batsman Tyne Dodds. Born in Blenheim, New Zealand and out of the Leschenault cricket club, nick-named the Green Caps in Bunbury where his team currently are runaway leaders in the A grade competition, Dodds is already in his third season of senior club cricket. 

He made his debut at 14 and played in the Bunbury country rep side looking to win back to back titles.

They did that with an emphatic victory over Albany by over 100 runs, the grand final played on the famous WACA Ground in Perth and there were five players aged 18 or under in the winning side.

Batting first in the grand final, Dodds, batting at three scored 31 in a team total of 235-9 from their allotted 60 overs. In reply Albany could muster just 91 all out. Also in his team were club mates Nico Le Roux another 16 year-old hard hitting wicket-keeper batsman and wily experienced left-arm spinner Shehzad Gondal.

COUNTRY GOLD-Leschenault club mates from left Tyne Dodds, Nico Le Roux and Shehzad Gondal show off their gold medals after helping Bunbury to the A grade country title

The other highly talented teenagers in the victorious Bunbury side were batting all-rounder Robbie Dawson from the Donnybrook club, Jonah Lincoln, a batsman from Hay Park and batsman Cooper Dehring who played two crucial innings in the semifinal and final.


WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS The gold medal-winning Bunbury rep team celebrated their outstanding win at the WACCA


In the week one age group tournament in Perth, Dodds captained the Wellington side and certainly led from the front, being the leading run scorer over-all with 304 at an impressive average of 60.80 which included one score of 127 a 97 and an unbeaten 48.

FRONT PAGE NEWS-Tyne Dodds made local headlines with his batting exploits in Perth during Country Week

In his team was his sister, 16 year-old Ava Dodds and as well as shinning in the field with a couple of fine catches, she was also one of the most consistent bowlers sending down her accurate left-arm medium-pacers at minimal cost.

Both Tyne and Ava have already played for Western Australia at age group level and are two of several very promising young players from the Bunbury region south of Perth.

SISTER ACT- 15 year-old Ava Dodds in action during last week’s Country week for the Wellington team captained by her brother Tyne

Cricket certainly dominates the Dodds household over the summer months, mum Rochelle making her debut for the Leschenault women’s team this season while eight year-old Archie Dodds plays in the junior Woolworths Cricket Blast.

Tyne joined me for a chat about country week and his Leschenault cricket club.

Since our interview he has been appointed Woolworths Cricket Blast coordinator for his club, charged with organising an eight week programme for kids starting their playing journeys.

**NB:  Tyne Dodds followed up his country week efforts with an outstanding first senior club century for Leschenault v Dalyellup in Bunbury on Saturday (yesterday) in a team total of 313-4 Dodds fine innings included 14 boundaries and he faced 126 deliveries

Story by John Alexander | Supporting Images sourced by Absolutely Famous.


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