Pace trio too much for gallant Queensland outfit
New South Wales have claimed their fifth National Indigenous Cricket Championships after defeating Queensland by 123-runs.
It was a case of pace for New South Wales with the rapid-trio of Sam Doggett, Ben Patterson and Lain Beckett claiming seven of the Queensland wickets between them.
First-time captain Nathan Price was ecstatic with his team’s performance citing their hunger after missing out on the last three titles.
“It was a team effort that brought us the win on the back of some team performances, I can’t praise the group enough for the week,” Price said.
On the bowling attack that dominated the final, Price lauded their efforts despite their inexperience in tournaments such as the National Indigenous Cricket Championships.
“Guys like Lain Beckett, Doggett and Patterson are great to have at your disposal and they were brilliant today and all tournament.”
Queensland couldn’t match the ferocity at the back end of the match despite having New South Wales on the ropes on a number of occasions.
Batting first on the Traeger Park Oval, New South Wales struggled in the first three-quarters of their dig, scampering to 6-115 and looking likely to falter with Cameron Trask (3-29) and Alex Melville (3-21) the main destroyers.
Only Aarron Muir (41 from 72 balls) and Andrew Glover (33 from 57 balls) held up the top order, with the tailenders providing desperately needed 69-runs between five of them, NSW eventually ending up with a competitive 9-199 after the allotted overs.
In reply, no Queensland batsman passed 20 as the new ball bowlers viciously bounced and trounced their way through the order.
Player of the Championships Doggett claimed 2-24, with Ben Patterson (2-19) and Dubbo’s Marty Jeffery (2-3) the other multiple wicket-takers.
Queensland all out for 75, 123-runs short of the target and the same result as the Women's final prior.