Two days into the 2019 Indoor Cricket Masters World Series, seventeen matches down and four first place ladder positions held. Here is how it has played out…
The 30 & Over Ladies were challenged early in the tournament by our neighbours from across the ditch, New Zealand. The match was tight but with the help of Jess Oldfield’s batting contribution (12) and team effort while fielding in the second innings, the Aussies secured a three-run win over NZ (31 – 28). Reigning champions, South Africa were too good in the second match defeating our girls by 38 runs (58-20) but dropped the final two skins to the Aussies. The final match against South Africa Invitational was another tight tussle with Australia going down by 19 (65 – 46).
The 35 & Over Men have showed no signs of slowing down after claiming four from four in the first two days. Although taking the court for the first time together as a team did not show, the boys claimed an easy victory in the opening match with a 70-run win over UAE (80 – 10). The second match against our host country, South Africa, saw a strong fielding effort with a three-wicket contribution from David Sampson result in a 66 – 32 victory. The dominance continued in the third match against South Africa Invitational, with Australia claiming a 21-run win (94 – 73). The final match of the day saw a big batting total from Captain, Ty Hopes (30), contributing to a strong win over England 99 – 22.
The 40 & Over Men have had a successful start to their campaign, claiming victory in all four games. The first match saw our boys set the pace with some massive run contributions and equally spectacular fielding, claiming a 123-run win against Singapore (149 -26). A strong side from South Africa in the second game placed some pressure on the Aussies, however a solid batting total and strong bowling performance from Stewart James in the 15th over (3 wickets) resulted in a 16 run win (69 – 53). The Aussie were too strong in the third match against the South African Invitational side taking a comfortable win of 117 – 56. The final match of the day saw the 40’s up against a strong side from Sri Lanka. A strong team effort whilst batting and quick hands on the court resulted in numerous runouts and a 26-run victory (77 – 51).
The 45 & Over Men have started strong, claiming three wins from their first three game whilst and maintaining all 12 skins. The boys were put right to the test, coming up against New Zealand in the first game of the Tournament. A massive run contribution from Stephen Simons (25) and a handy three wickets from Alex Kwong led to 39-run victory (109 – 70). The second match against South Africa highlighted the 45’s hard work and collaboration as a team resulting in another win 60 – 22.
The final match against South Africa Invitational once again showed the dominance of the Aussie team. A solid batting line up paired with Rod May’s five wickets saw the team claim victory 73 – -2.
The 50 & Over Men have been dominant across their first three games securing wins over New Zealand, South Africa and South Africa Invitational. A strong batting performance in their first match by Trevor Hart (24) and Barry Morrison (17) and quick hands while fielding led to a 31-run victory over New Zealand (113 – 82). The second match was a similar story with a strong team effort resulting in a win over hosting country, South Africa (93 – 61). The boys built upon their first two matches in their final of the day, taking a 67-run victory over South Africa Invitational (125 – 58).