Day Two of the Indoor Cricket National Championships in Cranbourne, Victoria saw the commencement of the Open Women, 21 and Under Men and Women, and Lord’s Tavener’s division.
The first round of the Open Women’s competition began with a monumental 107 run win to Queensland (139) over New South Wales (32), with Megan Dixon’s 4/-9 and partnership of 40 with Courtney Hewitt the highlight for the Lightning. Victoria (99) and South Australia (75) shared the skins, but it was the Victorians, led by Briony Polkinghorne’s 3/-7 who took home the choccies.
In the evening games of the Open Women’s division, South Australia (125) took 3 skins away from their clash with Western Australia (88), whilst Victoria (111) were too good for Queensland (104) in a tight clash on Court 4.
A 70 run, four skin win for the ACT (120) against New South Wales (48) was the highlight for the second round of the Open Men’s competition, with an exciting contest between Western Australia (80) and South Australia (80) also keeping fans at Casey Stadium on the edge of their seats. In the third match of the second round, Victoria were too good for Queensland taking three skins to one in a 96 to 52 run victory for the home side.
In the third round of Open Men’s competition, the ACT (70) took the first two skins in their clash against Queensland (78), before the Thunder stormed home to take the second two skins and claim an eight run win. Western Australia (154) easily accounted for New South Wales (66), four skins to zero, and Victoria beat South Australia 88-58.
21 & Under Men's
The 21 and Under Men’s matches started with a bang, with Queensland accounting for NSW Metro (93-66), South Australia Red defeating New South Wales Country (104-87), Western Australia beating South Australia Blue (100-80), and Victoria using their home court advantage to take care of the ACT (94-67). Western Australian, Kiale O’Brien’s 5/-12 the standout performance from the opening round of the 21 and Under Men. In yesterday's other 21 & Under Men's action:
Vic (115) def. SA Blue (44)
WA (82) def. ACT (48)
SA Red (125) def. NSW Metro (63)
QLD (110) def. NSW Country (60)
21 & Under Women's
In the opening game of the 21 and Under Women’s competition, Queensland were too good for Victoria, taking all four skins in a 118-51 run victory, but the Victorians were too good in their next game, beating South Australia 115-93, thanks to a 43 run stand between Paris Rafferty (18) and Jordan Watson (25). Later in the evening, South Australia (111) claimed a comfortable 29 run victory over Queensland (82).
Lord's Taverners Shield
The Lord’s Taverners Shield began with a comfortable victory to Victoria (140) over Queensland (62) led by a whopping 58 run partnership between Leigh Mitchell (33) and Chris Anderson (25), whilst South Australia (129) accounted for Western Australia (82) thanks to James Eustance-Smith’s 4/-15.
In the round of afternoon matches, Queensland (115) were dominant over Western Australia (26), whilst South Australia (75) just got over the line against Victoria.