With most semi-final positions in the 2019 National Indigenous Cricket Championships all but assured, teams were offered some respite from the oppressive heat that greeted players for the first five days of the tournament.
Queensland def. Northern Territory
Set 64 runs to win by the tournament hosts, Queensland easily accounted for Northern Territory by eight wickets to all but assure the maroons a semi-final berth. Christina Coulson (QLD) did the most damage with the ball claiming 2/7 (3).
New South Wales def. Western Australia
New South Wales continued their unbeaten run at the NICC with another comprehensive victory over Western Australia. Jemma Astley (NSW) tore through the WA line-up, taking 3/5 (3), with the girls in blue limiting WA to just 40 runs from 19.3 overs. NSW chased the target with 14 overs to spare.
Victoria def. Northern Territory
Victoria def. Tasmania
Nick Boland (VIC) continued his dominance with the bat at the 2019 NICC, carrying his bat to guide Victoria to a comfortable seven wicket victory at Jim McConville Oval. Tasmania set the Vic’s a victory target of 123 with Brodie Hayes (TAS) top scoring for the Tigers. But it was another unbeaten knock of 46* to Boland that has put Victoria into the semi-finals, eyeing yet another national Indigenous championship title.
Western Australia def. Northern Territory
With both teams yet to post a victory at the 2019 NICC, a win would be a massive confidence boost to both camps for their journeys home. It was Western Australia who came away with the four-wicket win over a disappointed host state. An important final wicket partnership of 57 runs between Michael Bailey (39) and Marley Crowe (18) for Western Australia secured victory in the final over of the innings. NT skipper, Brendon King tried to arrest the momentum with a spell of 3/11 from his four overs, but wasn’t enough to get his team over the line.
New South Wales def. South Australia
A nine-wicket win to the defending champions over South Australia cemented New South Wales at the top of the NICC men’s division ladder. A four-wicket haul from NSW’s Adam Burton, 4/8 (4) saw SA crumble to a total of 8/76 from their 20 overs. NSW chased the total down with 13 overs to spare with Brendan Smith and Ryan Fenning remaining unbeaten of 45 (20) and 30 (20) respectively.