Grand finalists have been named as the fixtured games of the 2019 National Indigenous Cricket Championships have come to an end.
With a final round of matches played this morning, New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland and Tasmania progressed to the semi finals.
Semi-final 1: New South Wales def. Tasmania
Once again, New South Wales opening batsmen got their side off to a perfect start hitting a solid 120-run partnership for the first wicket. Pat Rosser (64 (54)) and Brynley Richards (64 (51)) guided the New South Welshman to a total of 4/170. In reply, Tasmania offered little resistance to be bowled out for 67 off 14.2 overs – a disappointing end to their NICC campaign. Ben Patterson claimed five wickets with the figures of the tournament thus far, with 5/12 from 3.5.
Semi-final 2: Victoria def. Queensland
Batting first against Queensland, Victoria posted a competitive 3/137 (20) off the back of a strong 64 (64) from Damon Egan and contributions of 31 (22) and 24 (24) from Wade King and Nick Boland. With the bat, Queensland lost both their openers for zero, including the in form Brad Stout. Jonte Pattison and Tom Skye came to the crease with the score on zero, but made up ground quickly posting a 80-run partnership for the third wicket, ultimately setting up victory for the maroons. Pattison finished unbeaten on 62 (56) with Sam Doggett pitching in with a quick-fire 28 (14) to seal the deal.
A true state-of-origin battle will take place in the men’s division grand final with the undefeated New South Wales taking on the experienced Queensland line-up.
Semi-final 1: New South Wales def. Western Australia
Roxsanne Van-Veen once again led the way for New South Wales, this time with the bat as she and Hannah Darlington posted 188 runs for the first wicket. Van-Veen (82) eventually fell to the bowling of Regina Deleeuw, whilst Darlington carried her bat for the innings finishing 70* (59). In response, the girls from Western Australia showed great fight, however, we’re all out for 37 (16.3).
The result of the semi-final between Victoria and Queensland was difficult to predict, however, a stellar 84* (52) balls from Victorian Captain Emma Manix-Geeves saw her side post a competitive 2/140 (20). The girls from Queensland were behind early as they lost the inform Carly Fuller for five, however, Tamika Hansen (36) and Shareene Ferrier (27) steadied the ship to keep their side alive. Despite the partnership, strong bowling efforts from Molly Ward (2/25) and Crystal West (2/19) saw the Queenslanders restricted to 7/120 (20).
Victoria is keen to unseat the undefeated NSW line-up and reclaim their national title taken from them from the girls in blue in 2018.
Both Grand Finals will be played at Albrecht Oval in Alice Springs tomorrow. The women’s final will commence at 11am, whilst the men will begin their match at 3:30pm. For regular news, scores and updates, tune into @CAPathway on Twitter.