With finals just around the corner for all divisions, the last rounds of competition at the Indoor Cricket National Championships saw ladder leaders upset, and top four teams finalised.
It took until the last ball for New South Wales (78) to complete an upset one run win over first placed Victoria (77), resulting in the biggest surprise in the Open Men’s division on day six of competition at Casey Stadium. Western Australia (79) overcame defending champs, the ACT (75), and Queensland (92) were too strong for South Australia (69) in the other morning game. Later in the day, South Australia (121) beat NSW (95), Victoria (86) were too good for the ACT (83), and Western Australia (93) continued their late charge, downing Queensland (90).
A 118 run win to Victoria (145) over Western Australia (27) was the highlight in the last set of Open Women’s matches at Casey Stadium. 45 and 43 run partnerships from Janelle Hayhurst and Ella Baulch, and Chloe Rafferty and Tamzyn Wright respectively, were the catalyst for the Victorian’s success, before figures of 4/-9 from Adelaide Champion ensure the Western Australian’s didn’t get close to the imposing total set by the home side. In the other early game, South Australia were too good for New South Wales. The 77 run total set by New South Wales was easily chased down by the South Aussies, with a 38 run stand from Stacey Oates and Jessica O’Reilly getting the run chase off to a scintillating start. In the afternoon games Victoria (135) were too strong for New South Wales (69), and Queensland (135) accounted for WA (53).
21 & Under Men
In the further additional games of the 21 and Under Men, South Australia Red continued their domination, taking care of Western Australia 124-99. South Australia Blue (132) beat New South Wales Metro (103), whilst the ACT (107) were too good for Queensland (84). Later in the afternoon, New South Wales Country (90) ran out 10 run winners against the ACT (80), and Victoria (119) were too good for WA (70).
21 & Under Women
In the 21 and Under Women’s matches, Nikki Rosser and Sophie Roberts put on 35 to get South Australia (105) over the line against Victoria (98). In the evening match, South Australia (139) took all four skins against Queensland (88).
In the Lord’s Taverners Shield matches on day six, homeside Victoria (134) were too good for bottom placed Western Australia (29) and Queensland (103) beat South Australia (103).