When the Indoor Cricket National Championships get underway at Casey Stadium this Saturday evening, there will be a certain spin on things. BBL 08 winning Renegades leg spinner, Cameron Boyce and Hobart Hurricanes cult hero and left arm tweaker, Clive Rose are set to take on the nations best during the tournament in Melbourne’s South East.
With both men nearing their 30th birthdays and the back end of their outdoor careers approaching, indoor cricket provides an opportunity for both players to continue playing elite level cricket for many years to come.
Both Boyce and Rose have a long and proud history with the indoor game, which has played a hand in their success outdoors. Cameron began his journey playing as a fourteen year old on the courts of Strathpine in South East Queensland alongside twin brother Chris, whilst Clive dominated indoors in Springvale, South East of Melbourne.
Although the trajectory of their outdoor exploits may have reached different heights, with Rose playing First Class and List A cricket for Victoria and Tasmania as well as BBL for the Melbourne Stars and Hobart Hurricanes and Boyce playing T20 cricket for Australia, picking up the scalp of Virat Kohli, as well as playing a key role in the Melbourne Renegades maiden BBL title, on top of a Sheffield Shield trophy with Queensland, it is on the indoor court where their achievements really even out. Rose will be competing at his ninth Indoor National Championships, whilst Queensland’s opening clash with New South Wales will be Boyce’s first game on the National stage at Opens level, after first playing for Queensland in an Under 16 Indoor side with brother Chris.
The importance of Indoor Cricket in their development as outdoor players is not lost on the pair, with Boyce often advocating the importance of Indoor in his junior days for his outdoor development. “For me personally I enjoyed it because of the lighter ball. I learnt how to spin the ball pretty hard using the indoor ball.” He said in a 2015 interview with Cricket Australia.
Rose is a huge proponent of Indoor Cricket for the betterment of his outdoor game, having played and worked in Indoor centres across his life. “It makes me hit the ball a little bit later, it makes me watch the ball a little bit harder.” Rose said in a 2016 interview with Cricket Australia.
Boyce also recently spoke to the Yellow Ball Podcast about how returning to Indoor Cricket to play with his brother, whilst also still playing BBL, is highly beneficial for his outdoor game, “It just upskills me all year round. Fielding is a massive one I think... when I played juniors, I found it was something that was really good for my outdoor stuff, you’ve constantly got ball in hand.”
Much like Boyce, Rose also has family connections to Indoor Cricket, with his father Errol heavily involved with the game, not just in the South East corridor of Melbourne, but Victoria as a whole. Errol recently represented ‘The Big V’ in the 50 and Over division at the Australian Masters Championships in Adelaide and has done so for the last five years. Rose senior has coached and managed teams that his son has played in, including at state level.
Joining Boyce and Rose at ICNC are fellow Domestic and Big Bash outdoor players Elly Donald - Victoria and Melbourne Stars (VIC Open Women), Chloe Rafferty - Victoria and Melbourne Stars (VIC Open Women), Tegan McPharlin - South Australia and Adelaide Strikers (SA Open Women) and Meagan Dixon - Queensland (QLD Open Women).
See Cameron Boyce play for Queensland Open Men at Casey Stadium, Cranbourne
Saturday 29th June 7pm QLD V NSW Court 3
Sunday 30th June 11:45am VIC V QLD Court 4
Sunday 30th June 5:00pm ACT V QLD Court 6
Monday 1st July 1:30pm SA V QLD Court 1
Monday 1st July 6:45pm QLD V WA Court 3
Tuesday 2nd July 1:30pm QLD V ACT Court 1
Tuesday 2nd July 6:45pm QLD V VIC Court 1
Wednesday 3rd July 4:30pm NSW V QLD Court 3
Thursday 4th July 2:45pm QLD V SA Court 4
Thursday 4th July 8:00pm WA V QLD Court 4
Friday 5th July 4:30pm SEMI FINAL 3 V 4 Court 3 (Live Streamed via Cricket Australia Indoor Facebook)
Friday 5th July 4:30pm SEMI FINAL 1 V 2 Court 4 (Live Streamed via Cricket Australia Indoor Facebook)
Friday 5th July 8:00pm PRELIMINARY FINAL Court 1 (Live Streamed via Cricket Australia Indoor Facebook)
Saturday 6th July 2:30pm FINAL Court 1 (Live Streamed via Cricket Australia Indoor Facebook)
See Clive Rose play for Victoria Open Men at Casey Stadium, Cranbourne
Saturday 29th June 7pm VIC V WA Court 1
Sunday 30th June 5:00pm VIC V SA Court 1
Monday 1st July 1:30pm VIC V NSW Court 3
Monday 1st July 6:45pm ACT V VIC Court 1
Tuesday 2nd July 1:30pm SA V VIC Court 4
Wednesday 3rd July 8:00pm WA V VIC Court 1
Thursday 4th July 2:45pm NSW V VIC Court 3
Thursday 4th July 8:00pm VIC V ACT Court 3