After a big week of competition at Casey Stadium, Cranbourne it all comes down to this. The Indoor Cricket National Championships Junior Grand Finals will be held today to determine the best sides in multiple age groups.
To start today’s proceedings will be the 13 and Under Boys Grand Final at 8:30am on Court 1, followed by the 15 and Under Boys on Court 1, and 14 and Under Girls on Court 4, both at 10:30am. At 12:30pm the 17 and Under Girls will take to Court 1 for their big dance, before the 17 and Under Boys wrap things up at 2:30pm.
13 and Under Boys
Queensland V Western Australia
8:30am Court 1
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Queensland and Western Australia will face off at 8:30am for the 13 and Under Boys title. Queensland finished on top of the ladder, with their loss to Victoria Blue on Monday the only stumbling block throughout the week. Led by the bowling of Riley Jackson (fifteen wickets from six games) and the batting of Kurt Bass (120 runs at a strike rate of 144.58), Jude Kearney (116 runs at a strike rate of 117.17) and Damon Bass (116 runs at a strike rate of 114.85), the Queenslanders will be confident heading into the clash against fourth place Western Australia.
The West Aussies had a strong week at Casey Stadium, winning six of their eight games, but only taking eighteen skins from their matches saw them finish fourth. A four run win over Victoria Blue in the Preliminary Final was one of the highlights of their week and will see the Wolves head into the big dance full of confidence. 191 runs at a strike rate of 151.59 from Tom Murray, and 184 runs at a strike rate of 167.27 from Ethan Benson were the catalyst for the Wolves’ success, as were the Ten wickets from Benjaman Cranny, who was one of four other WA batsmen who hit over 100 runs for the tournament.
14 and Under Girls
New South Wales Metro V Victoria Blue
10:30am Court 4
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New South Wales Metro only lost one of their rostered matches across this weeks competition at Casey Stadium, finishing first. Therefore their loss in the first versus second Semi Final against Victoria Blue came as a shock. Although they easily accounted for South Australia in the Preliminary Final, a replay of the Semi Final in the Grand Final will see their opponents go into the match very confident. A mammoth total of 169 runs at a strike rate of 144.44 from Cynthia Coghlan, plus 156 and 132 runs from Grace Pooley and Mikayla Kolbe respectively were the nucleus for the Blues’ success, whilst fifteen wickets from Vaishnavi Deobhankar saw her lead her side with the ball.
15 and Under Boys
Victoria Blue V Queensland
10:30am Court 1
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The Vic’s haven’t lost a game this week at Casey Stadium, with the home court advantage playing right into their hands. With seven of their ten players hitting over 100 runs for the week, it has truly been a team effort with the bat. Sixteen wickets from Josh Sawrey was the standout with the ball, whilst Pratham Raje was not far behind with twelve. A 91 run win over Western Australia was the highlight for the Victorian’s week, with a 83 run victory over Sri Lanka also up there in terms of large margins. The Blue’s will be favourites heading into the finale, especially after accounting for their opponents twice across the week.
Queensland finished second after winning six of their eight games, with the all-round brilliance of Jackson Pavey (135 runs and 8 wickets) and Harley Lammi (133 runs and 8 wickets) the backbone of the Qlder’s success. A strong 47 run win in the Preliminary Final over New South Wales Metro will see the Queensland side take some momentum into the Grand Final, although a loss in the Semi Final to their GF opponents, Victoria Blue, will see their competitors hold the favourites tag come 10:30am today.
17 and Under Girls
Victoria Blue V New South Wales Metro
12:30pm Court 1
A Grand Final victory over New South Wales Metro will be the cherry on top of an undefeated week for Victoria Blue. Led by the batting heroics of Jaide Anthony (149 runs at a strike rate of 153.61) and Acacia Davis (136 runs at a strike rate of 118.26), the home side were too strong for all opponents throughout the week. Erin Caroll was the best with the ball for the Victorians, taking eleven wickets alongside her 126 runs. In their other matches against NSW Metro during the week, margins of 48 and 5 were the deficits.
New South Wales Metro will be looking to make it third time lucky after going down to their Grand Final opponents twice during the week. Six of the Blue’s batsmen struck over 100 runs during the week, led by Kristen McCormack who hit an incredible 179 runs. Jade Errington hit 160 runs, whilst Emily Lawler led the way with the ball, taking 13 wickets and also hit 160 runs. New South Wales biggest win came in the third versus fourth Semi Final, with a 125-96 victory over South Australia.
17 and Under Boys
New South Wales Metro V Victoria
2:30pm Court 1
The last match of the Indoor Cricket National Championships sees top of the table Victoria, take on New South Wales Metro. The Victorians, who were undefeated up until yesterday’s Semi Final against their Grand Final opponents, will take confidence from the fact that their losing margin was only a single run. Leading the charge for the ‘Big V’ has been Jonathan D'Rozario, who hit an incredible 216 runs at a strike rate of 143.05 across the week. D’Rozario also took an incredible 21 wickets to steer his side to ‘the big one’. Jordan Hesline hasn’t been far behind, hitting 188 runs and taking 19 wickets.
The New South Wales Metro side have truly exemplified why Indoor Cricket is a team sport, with all players hitting at least 70 runs and taking six wickets across the week to guide their side to seven wins and three losses. Six of those players hit over one hundred runs for the tournament, led by Blair Overton (181 runs and eight wickets) and Ethan Debono (178 runs and seven wickets). A Semi Final victory over their eventual Grand Final opponents will see the Blues hopeful heading into the clash, but combating the Victorians strong all round batting and bowling line up will be the key to their success.