Victoria has won the men’s Preliminary Final and Queensland has won the women’s Preliminary Final at the 2017 National Indigenous Cricket Championships (NICC), with both teams setting up Grand Final appearances against New South Wales tomorrow.
At Traeger Park for the men’s Preliminary Final, Victoria won the toss and elected to bat. Ben Abbatangelo’s 48 runs off 27 balls set the pace early for Victoria’s innings, before Nathan Gardiner (34 off 31 balls) and Nick Boland (34 off 30 balls) combined for a 65-run fifth wicket partnership to help Victoria to 6/179. A strong combined bowling effort from Victoria, led by Rohan Best (4/16) and Nick Boland (3/11) saw the Northern Territory lose wickets regularly in their run chase, with the side all out for 61 in the 17th over.
In the women’s Preliminary Final between the Northern Territory and Queensland at Albrecht Oval, the Northern Territory elected to bat after winning the toss. An incredible bowling performance from Queensland’s Tamika Hansen (6/4 off 3.3 overs) helped her side bowl out the Northern Territory for 72 runs in the 18th over, with Sally Moylan (33) the only batter to put up a defence. Queensland were able to chase down the required runs in the 15th over with six wickets in hand, with Tamika Hansen (20) proving handy with the bat as well as the ball in her team’s win.
Queensland will now play New South Wales in the women’s Grant Final from 10am tomorrow at Traeger Park before Victoria takes on the New South Wales in the men’s Grand Final at the same ground from 2pm. The men’s and women’s Grand Final matches will be available to view via livestream on www.cricket.com.au and the Cricket Australia Live App.
Full replays of today's matches below.
NSW Men v Tasmania Men.
NT (2nd) v VIC (3rd) Men