Four games have been run and won in the Men’s Division of the National Indigenous Cricket Championships (NICC) in Alice Springs with South Australia, New South Wales, Queensland and Tasmania claiming victory in their first-round matches.
South Australia played the first match of the NICC on Sunday 3 February, defeating Northern Territory by 28 runs. Zac Chapman (SA) carried his bat through the first innings scoring 68 from 50 balls. Wicketkeeper, Rhys French (NT) notched a solid 45 (34) in the run chase, whilst Zac Blattner (SA) picked up four wickets.
2018 NICC Grand Finalists New South Wales and Victoria faced off at Albrecht Oval for the first match of 4 February and it was the men north of the border who reigned supreme. Pat Rosser (NSW) led the line-up with a quick-fire 68 (48). Victoria fell 11 runs short in their run chase finishing on 5/144 chasing NSW’s 3/154.
Queensland started their campaign with a hard-fought win over Northern Territory by 4 wickets, chasing down the NT’s 9/94 with 3.2 overs to spare. Jonte Pattison (QLD) impressed with 4/10 from his four overs, and top scoring with 23 (25).
The boys from the Apple Isle commenced their tournament with a nine-wicket victory over Western Australia at Jim McConville Oval. Callan Morse (TAS) carried his bat for 46 runs easily reaching the victory target with 5.4 overs to spare. Tasmania skipper, Rhys Ward led from the front with a sharp spell of 3/19 from four overs to put Tasmania in a winner position after WA’s innings.
Tomorrow’s NICC action sees the Women’s division get underway and four other Men’s games at Albrecht and Jim McConville Ovals.