Unseasonal rain has failed to dampen spirits at the National Indigenous Cricket Championships in Alice Springs this week, with early strong performances from the NSW and Queensland teams propelling them into the Final of both the Men’s and Women’s Divisions.
The east coast rivals will play off for the Women’s title starting at 11am before the men start their match at 3.30pm. Both matches will be at Traeger Park.
Spearheading the Queensland Men’s team’s charge has been the batter of the tournament, Tyran Eggmolesse, who has scored 312 runs, including two centuries, and has an average of 62.4. The powerfully built batter from Brisbane has hit a remarkable 30 sixes in his five innings.
Queensland also has the top wicket-taker so far, Brock D McLachlan, who has taken 11 wickets, including 3-31 against NSW in Round 7 match.
Young gun Anika Learoyd leads the Women’s Division batters, with 109 runs from two innings at a strike rate of nearly 140. Queenslanders Clodagh Ryall and Paige Hatherell have five wickets each, as does NSW bowler Lara Graham. Unfortunately, persistent rain in the Red Centre has caused several matches throughout the week to be called off.
This is the fifth edition of the NICC and has featured seven men’s teams and six women’s teams from every state and territory, competing for national titles in T20 formats at three venues around Alice Springs, Traeger Park, Jim McConville Oval and Albrecht Oval.
The NICC has been staged alongside The Imparja Cup, a tournament for Indigenous cricketers from the Northern Territory.
The tournaments have coincided with Australian cricket’s Reconciliation Round to recognise, celebrate and acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders peoples and cultures through cricket.
On Saturday night at Traeger Park, players from all the teams joined in a barefoot circle around the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags as part of ‘one consistent act’ with premier and community cricketers from around Australia.