A three-match sequence of final ball results at the National Indigenous Cricket Championships demonstrated the strength and equality of competition on display in Alice. Day five produced some scintillating cricket from both men and women, showcasing the best of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cricket in this nation.
As it stands, New South Wales lead both men’s and women’s divisions after five days of competition, standing undefeated on four wins apiece. Semi-final positions will be decided on Sunday morning (10 Feb), with the NICC grand finals taking place on Monday 11 February.
Victoria def. Queensland
If the ball from Nick Boland (VIC) to Sam Doggett (QLD) travelled a further two metres over the boundary instead of bouncing across it, Queensland would have celebrated a classic final ball victory. In reality, the maroons came up one run short of winning one of the most thrilling encounters of this year’s championships. In form batsman Nick Boland (VIC) became the highest run scorer of the tournament with a superb 86 (54) not out positioning Victoria with a competitive total of 6/139 after their 20 overs. Daley Martin (QLD) was the pick of the bowlers taking 2/21. Queensland got off to a slow start and lost consistent wickets with Jonte Pattinson (QLD) leading the line-up with 29 (35). With six runs required off the final delivery of the innings, Sam Doggett (QLD) came perilously close to claiming victory for the maroons, scoring four runs, instead of the maximum. Damon Egan (VIC) claimed 3/20 (3).
South Australia def. Western Australia
In the third final-ball thriller in a row at the 2019 NICC, South Australia claimed their maiden victory denying Western Australia their first win of the tournament at Albrecht Oval. Zac Chapman (SA) once again led from the front with a considered half-century knock (53 (58)), together with namesake Zac Blattner (SA) contributing a quick-fire 37 (30), anchoring the South Australian innings. Josh Bailey (WA) claimed four wickets to restrict SA to an even par 120 from their 20 overs. Brothers Michael and Josh Bailey were the stand out performers with the bat for WA scoring 36 (27) and 25 (28) respectively. Needing six runs from the final delivery, Western Australia came up two runs short of forcing a super over. An even contribution across the board from all South Australian bowlers, with Marcus McGregor-Cassady the most economical claiming 2/9 (4).
Queensland def. Western Australia
After going down in a final ball thriller in the morning, Queensland bounced back in their second match of the day defeating Western Australia by six wickets. Sam Doggett once again produced a sharp spell of 2/7 (4) to keep the Western Australian’s to a score under 100. Nick Taylor’s (WA) 45 (49) was the anchor of the innings of 5-99. Queensland chased down the target with 2.3 overs to spare.
New South Wales def. Queensland
Queensland sent in New South Wales in their highly anticipated state of origin encounter at Jim McConville Oval this afternoon. The maroons restricted NSW to a total of 4/123 with Christina Coulson (QLD) being the pick of the bowlers with figures of 2/19 (4). In pursuit of the victory target, Queensland were in a strong position with Carly Fuller (QLD) notching up 34 (30) only to be dismissed by WBBL’s Hannah Darlington (NSW). From there, QLD’s resistance vanquished, going down by 18 runs.
Western Australia def. Northern Territory
A half century to Kavita Pepper 55 (39) was the difference in yet another tight tussle at the NICC, seeing Western Australia defeat Northern Territory by 5 runs. Posting 5/111, Northern Territory seemed home and hosed with Nicole Honeysett (NT) at the crease post a not out score of 35 (37), but the tail did not support her falling perilously short of their second victory of the championships.
Victoria def. South Australia
Victoria staked their claim on outright second position on the NICC women’s division table with a comprehensive win over South Australia at Jim McConville Oval. A 77-run stand between Emma Manix-Geeves and Jacinta Goodger-Chandler set the Victorian’s up for a competitive total of 3/139 from their 20 overs. In reply, South Australia musted 10/46 (16.1) with Victoria’s Emma Toseland (4/3) the pick of the bowlers.