It’s finals time at the 2017 Australian Masters Indoor Championships, with a number of semi-finals and preliminary finals live-streamed today via www.indoor.cricket.com.au and the Cricket Australia Indoor Facebook Page.
In the 35 & Over Division, Queensland and New South Wales face off for a spot in the Grand Final, while Victoria and North Queensland are in a do-or-die contest.
Both Queensland and New South Wales finished the regular rounds with nine wins from ten matches. Jason Morris (16 wickets) has been a key contributor for NSW with the ball, while Tony Ashworth (150 runs) has impressed for Queensland with the bat.
Hosts ACT finished on top of the table in the 40 & Over Division, and can move straight through to the Grand Final with a win against Queensland.
With 108 runs from five matches, Matt Jenkins will be key to a Queensland upset, while Billy Floros and Marty Bennett have both claimed 14 wickets for the ACT.
In the elimination semi-final, New South Wales plays off against North Queensland – both finishing the round-robin games with three wins.
In the 45 & Over Division, Queensland enters as strong favourites after finishing two games clear at the top of the ladder.
They will play Western Australia, who finished in second spot, for a place in the Grand Final, while New South Wales will take on North Queensland for the right to stay alive in the competition.
Craig McSweeney (15 wickets) has been a key player for Western Australia, while with 104 runs and 14 wickets, Robert Cockerell will be important for Queensland.
It’s Queensland and New South Wales going head to head in the 50 & Over Division for direct access to a Grand Final berth, while the ACT and Victoria battle it out for a place in the preliminary final.
Queensland have gone undefeated through the opening stages – ten out of ten wins – with Barry Morrison scoring 168 runs, an equal-division leader alongside Victoria’s Tony Plose.
With 16 wickets also, Morrison has been a standout contributor. For New South Wales, John Short has been an impressive all-round contributor, with 128 runs and 12 wickets so far.