Warren Blackwood’s hopes of reaching the B-Section grand final of the Alcohol Think Again Senior Country Week Championships in Perth will likely hinge on a positive result against Newman on Wednesday. After defeating Eastern Districts by 21 runs on Sunday at a leafy College Park in Nedlands, the WBCA were brought back to earth with a 98-run loss against West Pilbara a day later. In D-Section, the WBCA’s 2nd XI are winless from their opening two matches, with hopes of progressing to the business end of the carnival all but over. Players were greeted by warm conditions at a picturesque College Park on Sunday morning, with the WBCA winning the toss and electing to bat. Keen to get the some runs on the board, opener Daniel Ward (43 off 76 balls) played some positive shots despite some accountable bowling from Eastern Districts duo Tom Bennier and Zach Alvaro. The clock had barely struck 10.30am when the first breakthrough came for Eastern Districts after WBCA opener Hugh Mitchell miscued his shot into the safe hands of Bennier. Nine balls later, Darren Tassos joined Mitchell back in the pavilion — and at 2-28, things had the potential to spiral out of control. However Ward held firm and did his best to keep things moving. Sadly for the opener however, he did not get a lot of help, with only Jack Muir reaching double figures alongside him for the rest of the innings. Chasing 103 for victory, Eastern Districts were comprehensively dismantled by the deeds of Connor Ipsen, who claimed a staggering 8-20 off 13.1 overs. Rolling their rivals for 81 off 30 overs, the WBCA entered Monday’s clash against West Pilbara with plenty of confidence. However, after setting a competitive 164 for West Pilbara to chase, the WBCA’s bowling attack were overpowered by their northern rivals as a brilliant knock from Dean Whiteford (87 off 85 balls) ensured his side finished on 261 from 51.1 overs.