A thrilling come from behind victory for homeside Victoria in the Open Mens Preliminary Final was the highlight on the penultimate day of competition at the 2019 Indoor Cricket National Championships, as we look toward today’s Grand Finals.
Grand Final Previews
Queensland V Victoria
Court 1 2:30pm
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The Victorians were dead and buried in their Preliminary Final clash with reigning champions, the ACT Rockets, before a remarkable display of bowling and fielding in the last two skins saw the Vic’s hold on for a two run win. Yet another nail biting clash on the second last day of competition at Casey Stadium saw the large crowd purely entertained. The path to the Grand Final for Victoria was laid by Jack Craig’s 139 runs at a strike rate of 132.38, Jarrod Burns’ ten wickets from eight games and Clive Rose’s nine wickets. A huge home crowd is expected at Casey Stadium, to witness what could be Victoria’s first Open Men’s title since 1994.
Queensland’s road to the Grand Final was spearheaded by former Australian outdoor player, Cameron Boyce who took 14 wickets and hit 126 runs. Boyce will clash with former Hobart Hurricanes teammate, Clive Rose in what will be a huge clash on Court 1. Queensland lost two games across the week, with a 120-43 victory over the ACT the largest in terms of margin. Rhys Dearness was the second highest leading run scorer for the Thunder, whilst nine wickets from Ryan Dowse saw him be the other player to trail Boyce in the statistics column.
Court 1 12:30pm
Queensland are looking to win their third National Championships in a row after accounting for Victoria in the Semi Final. Although it will be the Victorians standing in their way as they hit Court 1 for this afternoon’s Grand Final.
Led by indoor cricket legend Jude Coleman, the Lightning only dropped one game on their way to the finale. Allison Nagle hit 106 runs at a strike rate of 139.47 and took twelve wickets to ensure the Queenslanders remained a chance for the ‘three peat’. If Queensland are successful this afternoon, it will be a great way to mark ten years since Queensland last went back to back to back in the Open Women’s competition.
The Victorians road to the Grand Final was a little tougher, going down to South Australia and Queensland during the rostered matches. A Semi Final loss, but a Preliminary Final win made sure the Vics were able to contest the Grand Final on home soil at Cranbourne. Melbourne Stars WBBL superstar, Elly Donald led the way for her teammates, hitting 117 runs at a strike rate of 150.00, whilst Nicole Martin has taken eleven wickets from her seven games.
21 and Under Men
South Australia Red V Western Australia
Court 1 10:30am
South Australia Red’s domination of the 21 and Under Men’s competition sees them head into tomorrow's date with Western Australia filled with plenty of confidence, but also the burden of being favourites. The boys in Red only lost the single game during the tournament but it was against their Grand Final opponents, Western Australia. The domination from South Australia was thanks to 164 runs from Zac Schwarz and 108 from Cameron Bullard.
Western Australia won seven and lost three of their ten rostered games. The all round dominance of Kiale O’Brien who hit 154 runs and took 15 wickets certainly a highlight from the Wolves. The run to the final was that of a topsy turvy one, with a loss to the Victorians in the final additional match cancelled out with victory over the same side in the Preliminary Final.
21 and Under Women
South Australia V Queensland
Court 4 10:30am
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South Australia are certainly the favourite heading into this morning’s Grand Final, after claiming top spot by a whooping 17 points, the South Australians only lost two of their eight games across the week. Led by Sophie Roberts, 122 runs at a strike rate of 137.08, and Rachel Dickinson, 121 runs at a strike rate of 131.52, and nine wickets, the South Australians are highly deserving of the ‘favourites’ tag bestowed on them.
Queensland will take confidence into the Grand Final after beating Victoria in the Preliminary Final. Batting first, they set an imposing 117, which was out of reach for the Vics. The best performer for the Queenslanders has been Katrina Dixon, the Townsville product hitting 118 runs and taking eleven wickets for the tournament.
Lord’s Taverners Shield
Victoria V South Australia
Court 1 8:30am
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Victoria’s charge to the 2019 Lord’s Taverners Shield Grand Final at the Indoor Cricket National Championships has been led by Craig Whitehead (175 runs and 13 wickets), Jarrod Connelly (165 runs and nine wickets), and Leigh Micthell (161 runs and 9 wickets). Yesterday morning’s Semi Final against South Australia saw the Vic’s claim a 44 run win, and grasp their place in today’s big dance. The highlight for the Victorian’s tournament was their 152-9 thrashing of Western Australia in their third rostered match of the week.