As the pointy end of the Indoor Cricket National Championships near, the results get closer and the wins are getting sweeter.
Home side Victoria continue to look down on their opponents from top spot after not being troubled by Western Australia in the Open Men’s. Bowling figures of 3/-8 from Jarrod Burns ensured that their charge towards Friday and Saturday’s final was not interrupted, whilst the ACT (139) squared their ledger at four wins and four losses after accounting for South Australia (96), and Queensland (94) were too strong for New South Wales (60). Sitting in second and third respectively are Queensland and Western Australia, whilst reigning champs the ACT are in fourth.
Western Australia (111) took three skins, but were three runs short of victory in their clash with New South Wales (115) in the early set of matches in the Open Women’s. A 35 run partnership between Jaclyn Vickery and Chloe Johnson was the highlight in the fourth versus fifth showdown. Top placed Queensland ensured their winning run continued, defeating South Australia 142-110. The Lightning sit seven points clear at the top of the ladder, followed by South Australia and Victoria.
21 & Under Men's
In the 21 and Under Men’s competition morning games, South Australia Red (70) suffered their first loss of the tournament after going down to Western Australia (84). Although they remained in top spot heading into the afternoon’s additional games, the defeat was important for the confidence of WA, who showed the rest of the competition that SA Red were not invincible. In a tight clash on Court One, Victoria (72) held on against Queensland (57), the ACT (124) and New South Wales Metro (123) added another thriller to this week's list of close matches, with the Territorians edging out their rivals by one run, and New South Wales Country (125) were too strong for South Australia Blue (76). In the additional games, first placed South Australia Red (128) took on third place Victoria (62), winning by 66 runs, and Queensland (96) played New South Wales Country (70), sharing the skins in Queensland’s 26 run win. South Australia remain on top of the ladder, where they have been across the whole week. Western Australia are in second, trailing by a whooping twelve points. Queensland and Victoria round out the top four.
21 & Under Women's
South Australia (91) and Queensland (61) took two skins each away from their clash in the 21 and Under Women, with Sarah Ferris’ 3/-10 enough to get South Australia over the line. Queensland (111) bounced back later in the day, overcoming Victoria (65) by 46 runs. Victoria (63) then faced their second loss of the day, going down heavily to South Australia (135) who hold first position on the ladder ahead of Queensland and Victoria.
In the Lord’s Taveners matches, it took Queensland (122) until the final over to get the job done against Victoria (120), whilst South Australia (96) beat Western Australia (57) by 39 runs. In the later matches, Victoria (110) made amends for their earlier loss, defeating South Australia (100) by ten runs, and Queensland (120) continued their strong Wednesday form, beating Western Australia (105) by fifteen runs.
Heading into the final days off matches Victoria sit first, just one point clear of South Australia, followed by Queensland and Western Australia.