New South Wales has won the women’s Grand Final at the 2017 National Indigenous Cricket Championships (NICC), defeating Queensland by just five runs in a scintillating contest. The victory means New South Wales has extended their winning streak in the women’s competition to 10 years.
Queensland, playing in just their second National Indigenous Cricket Championships within the women’s division and first Grand Final, made it to the final after an impressive six-wicket victory against the Northern Territory yesterday, while New South Wales secured their spot after finishing at the top of the ladder in regular round matches.
Having won the toss, Queensland put New South Wales in to bat. After losing the crucial wicket of opener Roxsanne Van-Veen early, an 83-run partnership between Sara Darney (59 from 48 balls) and Hannah Darlington (28 from 35 balls) put New South Wales in a strong position at the mid-way point of the innings despite the best efforts of Queensland’s bowlers.
Tamika Hansen’s persistence paid off, however, with the dangerous Queensland bowler claiming the wickets of Darney and Darlington in consecutive overs and finishing with figures of 2/22. Some late innings hitting from Jemma Astley (18 from 10 balls) helped add some crucial runs to the New South Wales total, with the side finishing at 5/134 in their 20 overs.
The Queensland batting innings started positively, with Tamika Hansen (21 off 13 balls) and Carly Fuller (37 off 29 balls) partnering to take their side to 43 runs at the end of the fifth over before Hansen was run out. Fuller then enjoyed an exciting 43-run partnership with Courtney Hagen (21 off 18) to take their side to 2/87 midway through the match and put Queensland firmly in control.
Roxsanne Van-Veen (6/16) was the bowler responsible for removing both Fuller and Hagen and she continued this form to take the wickets of Christina Coulson, Shaye Easton, Clodagh Ryall, and Shaniqua Miller in quick succession and bring New South Wales back into the game. Shareene Ferrier (25 off 26 balls) kept Queensland in the hunt, with the side needing 12 runs off the final over. Jemma Astley held her nerve to restrict Queensland to 9/129 and help New South Wales claim the title.
Speaking after the match, New South Wales captain Julie Muir commended the Queensland side for the fight they showed, particularly in the batting innings.
“They got off to a flyer didn’t they? They didn’t hold back, they used the power play quite well I thought and put us bowlers under pressure and went really well.”
Muir identified the bowling spell from Roxsanne Van-Veen as the turning point in the match for New South Wales.
“With her experience, the stump to stump bowling. I thought she did a great job today. She didn’t do too much with the bat like she normally does for us but she came through with the ball.”
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