With the fixture rounds of this years Masters Indoor Championships being complete, today will see the commencement of all Semi and Preliminary Finals across four divisions.
35 & Over
Queensland v New South Wales (Major Semi Final)Time: 3:30pmCourt: Lords, Bouncer Sports Centre
Having finished 10 points ahead of their opponents on the ladder, Queensland will go into today’s Major Semi Final against New South Wales as clear favourites. At the completion of the match, the winner will progress into tomorrow’s Grand Final, and the looser will face a Preliminary final against the winning side of today’s Minor Semi Final between Western Australia and North Queensland.
In the two times that both sides have previously met during the week, Queensland were victors by 38 runs in round one and by only 18 runs in their clash on Monday afternoon.
Whilst having no absolute standout players, New South Wales have been reliant on all-round team performances, but with Ruan Pieters (11 wickets) the only player to have taken over 10 wickets, they will be hoping he can work his magic on the Lords court this afternoon.
Much the same as New South Wales, Queensland have seen consistent performances from all players, however, Kevin Borchert has been prolific in their undefeated campaign, smashing 94 runs and taking 12 wickets from his six games thus far.
Last time they met: Monday 28th May, 2018 NSW (56) def by QLD (74)
Western Australia v North Queensland (Minor Semi Final)Time: 3:30pmVenue: WACA Court, Bouncer Sports Centre
Having only won three games each in the championships, Western Australia and North Queensland find themselves playing for a Preliminary Final spot this afternoon.
It will be a tough ask for the winner, who will have to play back-to-back matches in search of a Grand Final birth tomorrow.
Head to head, North Queensland and Western Australia have beaten each other once a piece in the 2018 championships.
Last time they met: Wednesday 30th May, 2018: WA: 102 def NQ: 73
40 & Over
Australian Capital Territory (ACT) v Queensland (Major Semi-Final)Time: 1:45pm Court: Lords Court, Bouncer Sports Centre
In the 40 & Over division, the ACT have been the form side, however, a fierce Queensland haven’t been far behind.
As a result of high pressure, both of their battles in the competition thus far have been low scoring. Today’s Semi Final isn’t expected to be a run feast, rather a grind for top position heading into tomorrow’s Grand Final.
Whether it is Queensland or the ACT, the winner of today’s Major Semi Final will progress to tomorrow’s 40 & Over Grand Final, whilst the looser will face the winner of New South Wales and Western Australia in a Preliminary Final this afternoon.
For the ACT, Jason Hays (132 runs & 13 wickets) has showed his capabilities in all facets of the game, whilst Mick Ferris (19 wickets) has been dominant with ball in hand.
On a Queensland front, Stewart James (135 runs & 10 wickets) has been key in their big clashes, and has been well supported by Eric Petersen (137 runs) and Scott Rainbow (110 runs & 12 wickets).
Last time they met:QLD: 53 def by ACT: 63
New South Wales v Western Australia (Minor Semi Final)Time: 1:45pm Court: WACA Court, Bouncer Sports Centre
Having finished third and fourth respectively, New South Wales and Western Australia will have to win two games in a row to earn a spot in tomorrow’s 40 & Over Grand Final.
Having met twice in the championships during the week, both sides recorded one victory each. On Monday evening, New South Wales were victors over the championship hosts by 26 runs, and when they met yesterday morning, Western Australia were victors in a thriller, 78-76.
With 11 points placing New South Wales above the hosts on the ladder, the boys in blue will go into the match as favourites, however, with Western Australia having beaten their opponents yesterday morning, the match is difficult to predict.
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Last time they met: Thursday 31st May, 2018WA (78) defeated NSW (76)
45 & Over
Western Australia v New South Wales (Major Semi Final) Time: 12:00pm Venue: MCG, Bouncer Sports Centre
With the 45 & Over competition being the closest of all four divisions, Western Australia (42 points) and New South Wales (37 points) will play for a spot in tomorrow’s Grand Final.
In recent meetings, much like other divisions, both teams defeated each other once during the week.
To Western Australia’s advantage, the side have only dropped one game in the tournament that came against New South Wales on day one.
Last time they met: Tuesday 29th May, 2018 NSW (72) def by WA (85)
Queensland v North Queensland (Minor Semi Final)Time: 1:45pm Venue: MCG Court, Bouncer Sports Centre
In the Queensland Derby, the scene couldn't set any better for the Northerners. Having won three more games than their opponents in the championships, Queensland will go in as favourites full of confidence having beaten North Queensland twice in the fixture rounds earlier this week.
For Queensland, David Bowden (107 runs & 8 wickets) has led the way with the bat, whilst Wayne Brand (11 wickets) and Les Ham (10 wickets) have been consistent performers in minimising the opponents’ team score.
The winner of today’s Minor Semi Final will face the looser of Western Australia and New South Wales in a Preliminary Final this afternoon.
Last time they met: Tuesday 29th May, 2018 QLD (109) def NQ (92)
50 & Over
Queensland v North Queensland (Major Semi Final) Time: 12:00pm Venue: Lords Court, Bouncer Sports Centre
The 50 & Over Championships will see another Semi Final Derby, as reining Champions Queensland take on their challengers North Queensland for a place in tomorrow’s Grand Final.
Having only met once during this years’ championships, Queensland were victors by 29 runs, however, with only 3 points splitting the two sides on top of the table, today’s Major Semi Final is set to be a thriller.
Averaging 110.86 with the bat, Queensland have been reliant on Darren Woodman (105 runs) who has been averaging 17.50 at a strike rate of 12.17 in the championships thus far. Woodman has also been prolific with the ball, taking 9 wickets in just six matches.
On a North Queensland front, Barry Morrison (114 runs & 12 wickets) has lit up the court in every match, showing his all round dominance.
Last time they met: Tuesday 29thMay, 2018 QLD (103) def NQ (74)
Western Australia v New South Wales (Minor Semi Final)Time: 12:00pmVenue: WACA Court, Bouncer Sports Centre
With only 3 points separating Western Australia (3rd) and New South Wales (4th) on the ladder, the two sides will compete for a spot in the Preliminary Final this evening.
Having met once in the championships this week, Western Australia were comprehensive victors, winning by 45 runs on Tuesday morning.
For the hosts, Damian O’Hara (13 wickets) has carried his side with the ball, whilst Terry McNees (104 runs) will be looking to score quickly with the bat.
Last time they met: Tuesday 29th May, 2018 NSW (57) def by WA (102)
All Preliminary Finals (this evening) will be streamed live via the Indoor Cricket Australia Facebook page and www.indoor.cricket.com.au.
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