On the final day of the 1868 commemoration tour the men’s Aboriginal XI claimed their 5th win with a victory over Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge while the women went down to a star-studded ECB Academy side.
In the women’s match the ECB Academy, captained by Fran Wilson who played for Sydney Thunder last season batted first and quickly gained the ascendancy in the match. Openers Bryony Smith and Emma Lamb piled on an impressive 79 run opening partnership off the first seven overs before Sydney Thunder’s Hannah Darlington finally struck for the visitors dismissing Lamb for 31 thanks to a sharp catch from Sally Moylan.
However, the first wicket wasn’t the momentum killer than the Indigenous side had hoped for as ECB Academy captain Fran Wilson joined Smith at the crease and the pair blasted a further 111 runs off just 60 balls to take complete control of the match. In the end their side finished 5-228 off 20 overs with Smith dismissed for 82 and Wilson out for 76.
In reply Darlington and Sara Darney pushed the Aboriginal XI to 20 without loss before the ECB Academy took three quick wickets without any further addition to the score and the game was quickly becoming out of reach.
Captain Ash Gardner smashed a quick 33 of 20 balls but with her departure saw the end of any hopes of victory for the Aboriginal XI squad who finished 9-112. Natalie Plane (16*) and Dharmini Chauhan (14) provided a few late highlights for the visitors.
In the men’s match against Nottinghamshire the Aboriginal XI won the toss and elected to bat. Sydney Thunder’s BBL|06 Indigenous Captain Brendan Smith continued his sparkling form with the bat smashing five 4s and two 6s on his way to 43. Captain Dan Christian was once against amongst the runs sending several balls into the second tier of Trent Bridge during his innings of 61 off just 25 balls.
On target for a big score the dismissals of Smith and Christian applied the brakes somewhat before a late cameo from teenager Brock Larance (30*) pushed the tourist total up to 6-182.
In reply the pace of Brendan Doggett struck early claiming the wicket of Soloman Budinger in his first over. Nott’s found scoring tough and just when a mini partnership was forming between Luke Wood and Joey Evison, Sam Doggett, Jonte Pattison and Dan Christian all struck and the hosts were 4-47.
Luke Wood continued to find the fence for Nott’s on his way to 41 off 30 before Larance claimed him and the match was all but over. A clinical finish in the field by the Aboriginal XI saw a total of six different wicket takers with Larance claiming the best figures of 3-27. Nott’s finished the match all out for 121.
The win leaves the men’s Aboriginal XI with five wins and one loss to Sussex on tour while the women walk away with a win and three losses.
Ash Gardner and Scott Boland were awarded the women’s and men’s player of the tour with each taking home one of the match cricket stumps used as the middle stump on tour that were painted by Aunty Fiona Clarke the great-great granddaughter of Mosquito - one of the players from the 1868 tour.