A ladder leading Queensland silenced South Australia’s chances of challenging for the favourites title in the Lord's Taverners Shield at the 2018 National Indoor Cricket Championships in Toowoomba.
South Australia v Queensland
Bowling first, Queensland’s bowlers set the tone early as South Australia’s first batting pair completed their four overs on -6. From their next two batting pairs, the South Australian’s only managed to register 8 runs. With only 2 runs on the board in total, South Australian skipper Scot May and Vincent Smith had ground to make. In a partnership of 27, May and Smith managed to provide 29 runs for their bowlers to play with.
In response, Queensland openers Hadyn Brumm and James Rossiter blasted the visitors to all parts of the court as they posted 54 runs collectively. Following suit, the next two batting pairs posted 50 runs between them, and to finish off the innings, Brett Wilson and Nicholas Stallan blasted an imposing partnership of 59 runs to give the hosts an grand total of 163 runs; victors by 134.
Western Australia v Victoria
In the match of the round, a defiant Western Australia were in search for their inaugural victory of the 2018 championships. Batting first, Western Australia posted a competitive 99 runs; 26 runs higher than their average for the championships thus far (73.67). Superstar All Rounder Boyd Duffield (29 runs) was dominant in his sides batting innings, whilst Matthew Sutton (3/12) was vital with the ball for Victoria.
In the run chase, Victoria were conservative and with their first three batting pairs posting 71 runs, the target was a mere 29 runs for final batting pair Matthew Sutton and Rebecca Heading. The first over was as even as 1/1, and with the pair reaching 20 at the end of the third, the final over bowled by Sean McGowan would require 10 runs for victory. Smashing 5 off the first ball, and 5 off the next three, Sutton and Heading could not lose a wicket from the following and final two deliveries. Although the deliveries were dots, a balanced Heading held on as the Victorians were victors by 2 runs.
Western Australia v Queensland
In their clash this afternoon, Queensland were dominant over Western Australia. For the hosts, imposing performances from Hadyn Brumm (53 runs & 1/3) and David Searle (4/-9) led to a 164-29 victory.
Victoria v South Australia
Despite being blasted by their main challengers in Queensland earlier this morning, South Australia were back to their best against Victoria this afternoon. With the ball, a rampaging 5/-16 from Peter Kerin constrained Victoria to a total of 29 runs. In response, an even contribution from South Australia’s batting line up posted a total of 140 runs, resulting in a 111 run victory.
At the completion of play, tomorrow sees finals action for the Lord's Taverners division. Victoria will play Western Australia on court 2 in the minor Semi Final, whilst favourites Queensland will verse their main challengers in South Australia in the major Semi Final.
Both of the matches will be live streamed via the CA Indoor Facebook page and www.indoor.cricket.com.au.