Australia’s four Indoor Cricket sides are through to the finals stages at the 2017 World Indoor Cricket Federation (WICF) World Cup in Dubai.
All four enter the finals following an undefeated run through the group stages.
It places Australia in prime position to repeat its clean-sweep from the 2014 titles in New Zealand, and maintain their unbeaten run in Indoor Cricket World Cups.
Australia’s Open Men’s, Open Women’s, 21 & Under Men’s and 21 & Under Women’s sides have rarely been troubled so far.
The Open Men’s, Open Women’s and 21 & Under Men’s sides through to the semi-finals, and the 21 & Under Women’s side progressing directly to the Grand Final.
The semi-finals will be played today (Friday), the preliminary finals tomorrow - plus the 21 & Under Women’s Grand Final - and the remaining three Grand Finals on Sunday.
The Open Men’s side has won 28 of a possible 32 skins, and will meet New Zealand in their semi-final.
Justin Perkins and Rhys Dearness lead the scoring for Australia with 84 runs each across their six matches.
The Open Women’s side will also meet New Zealand, after finishing 22 points clear at the top of the table.
Ashleigh Doble (115) is the division’s leading run-scorer, while skipper Jude Coleman leads the wicket-takers tally with 16.
It will be an Australia-New Zealand match up in the 21 & Under Men’s division also.
Blair Oakley was the only player to crack a ton in the group stages, finishing with 100 runs, plus 10 wickets.
Emily Vallance has scored a phenomenal 123 runs for Australia’s 21 & Under Women’s side, who now wait to see who wins the New Zealand-England semi-final clash to find out their grand final opponent.
Semi-final fixtures (Friday)
Australia Open Men v New Zealand - 9.30pm AEST start
Australia Open Women v New Zealand - 7.30pm AEST start
Australia 21 & Under Men v New Zealand - 4.30pm AEST start
The finals matches will be live-streamed via the WICF Facebook page (www.facebook.com/ICWC17) and website (www.worldindoorcricketfederation.com/videos).
The tournament is being co-hosted by Cricket Australia and the Emirates Cricket Board, with all match fixtures and match times can be found the WICF website.