After an undefeated run in both men’s and women’s divisions of the 2019 National Indigenous Cricket Championships (NICC) in Alice Springs, New South Wales have defended both national titles after convincing grand final performances yesterday.
Batting first at Albrecht Oval, New South Wales started well with the Hobart Hurricanes’ Mikayla Hinkley (43) and the experienced Sara Darney (27) leading the way. With the loss of Hinkley and Darney, Anika Learoyd (60*) and Roxy Van-Veen (24*) carried their bats to guide their team to finish at 2/168 (20).
With a huge chase ahead of them, Victoria lost both openers early. Despite losing regular wickets, player of the NICC, Emma Manix-Geeves found regular boundaries on her way to 65 (48). Tight bowling from Hannah Darlington (2/11) and Julie Muir (2/27) restricted the Victorian’s, and when Manix-Geeves fell for 65, it was all over; Victoria finishing at 9/122 (20).
In a classic state of origin match-up, the Queenslander’s won the toss and elected to bat. New South Wales’ Ben Patterson struck with the first delivery of the match to dismiss Queensland captain Brad Stout. The wickets kept coming at regular intervals for New South Wales as Brock Larance (3/23) took three wickets in the space of two overs and saw Queensland slump to 4/12. Sam Doggett (37) and Kieren Gibbs (18) combined to steady the innings with a partnership of 31 to see Queensland finish their innings at 9/105 (20).
Opening the batting for New South Wales, Brynly Richards (11) and Pat Rosser (2) fell cheaply with Alex Melville (2/8 off 4) claiming both wickets. Captain Brendan Smith (30*) and Ben Patterson (53*) partnered for a 74-run stand guiding their side home two down from 14.1 overs to defend their 2018 title in emphatic fashion.