Off-the-back of the tournament’s opening ceremony at Desert Park Nature Reserve the night previous, all divisions of the 2019 National Indigenous Cricket Championships (NICC) have now commenced on Tuesday 5 February 2019.
Two games were decided in the women’s division on 5 Feburary with Victoria taking on Queensland and Northern Territory hosting southern neighbours, South Australia.
Victoria def. Queensland
2018 player of the tournament, Emma Manix-Geeves (VIC) set a confident tone for the remainder of the Victorian’s campaign scoring an unbeaten 73 (68), guiding the Vics to 4/180 from their 20 overs. Queensland commenced their run chase in pursuit of the target in style with captain, Courtney Hagen (QLD) leading from the front with 37. The Queenslanders came up short, with Victoria claiming victory by 29 runs.
Northern Territory def. South Australia
The tournament hosts compiled a sizable total in which sisters Nicole (61*) and Abby-Lee (30*) Honeysett partnered to see the Northern Territory through to a total of 5/188 at the Jim McConville Oval. In reply, South Australia struggled to mount any major resistance, limping to 9/86 and the Territorians running out 102 run victors. Abby-Lee Honeysett (NT) completed a strong all-round performance, picking up 3/10.
New South Wales def. Western Australia
For the second successive day, defending champions New South Wales set a victory target of 150 plus to win their second fixture of the tournament at Albrecht Oval. Brynley Richards (NSW) scored an impressive 58 (49) to set WA a target of 159. In reply, the men from the west struggled to find any real momentum in their innings, going down to their eastern seaboard counterparts by 63 runs.
Tasmania def. South Australia
The Tasmanian’s made it two wins from as many games with opening batsman and 15-time veteran of the championships, Callan Morse carrying his bat to 76 (54) chasing down South Australia’s first innings of 139 for 5 in 18.3 overs. Zac Chapman (SA) scored 44 in the six-wicket defeat at Jim McConville Oval.
Queensland def. Tasmania
The first of the men’s division afternoon fixtures saw Queensland dominate Tasmania, who played back-to-back games today. Queensland skipper, Brad Stout blasted 70 from 36 deliveries and Jonte Pattison contributed 43 (33). Tasmania struggled to mount a challenge in reply to the 174 posted by Queensland, with opener Brodie Hayes setting the tone for the Tigers falling caught behind on the first ball of the innings and Tasmania ended all out for just 78. Queensland claimed victory by 96 runs.
Victoria def. Northern Territory
The Northern Territory posted 111 in 19.3 overs in their first innings with Victoria’s Wade King claiming an economical 3/15 from 3.5 overs. In response, Victoria were never really in doubt of victory chasing down the target with 2.4 overs to spare and Nick Boland high scoring with 29 (44) not out.
Check out the full scores here.