The New South Wales Indigenous Men’s and Women’s teams have successfully defended their titles at the National Indigenous Cricket Championships in Alice Springs.
The Women’s team claimed its 12th consecutive title with a comprehensive 46-run victory over Victoria in the final on Monday.
The win completed a dominant week for the 2019 champions who went through the T20 tournament undefeated.
Sydney Thunder’s Hannah Darlington (2-11) claimed multiple wickets while other Indigenous cricketers from the Thunder Nation played important roles.
Anika Learoyd top-scored with 60 not out from 42 balls to help post an imposing total of 2/168 from the 20 overs, well supported by Mikayla Hinkley (43).
Roxy Van-Veen finished the tournament as the leading wicket taker across all six states and territories. The allrounder claimed 13 wickets at just 4.54 and was also the leading run-scorer for NSW with 138 runs to her name at an average of 46.
The NSW Indigenous Men’s team comfortably chased down 106 to claim an eight-wicket win over Queensland in the final on Monday.
Thunder Nation’s Ben Patterson was a stand out for the champions in the final. The fast bowling allrounder from Dubbo claimed 2-16 from four overs and followed that with an unbeaten 53 from 30 balls to seal the win.
It is the first time since 2012 both the NSW Men’s and Women’s Indigenous teams have defended their titles in the same year.
Thunder is committed to Indigenous engagement and through a variety of initiatives and programs, the club strives provide opportunities for Indigenous cricketers across the Thunder Nation and make a meaningful difference in the community.
Indigenous cricketers from the Thunder Nation who represented NSW at the NICC:
Hannah Darlington Kamilaroi
Julie Muir Wiradjuri
Dharmini Chauhan Wiradjuri
Anika Learoyd Gumbaynggir
Jemma Astley Wannarua
Naomi Woods Kamilaroi
Mikayla Hinkley Kunja
Roxsanne Van-Veen Gundungurra
Dimity Parton Wiradjuri/Yuwaalaraay
Tyran Liddiard Biripi
Adam Burton Kamilaroi
Nathaniel Jones Eora
Brendan Smith Dunghutti
Ryan Fenning Wiradjuri
Marty Jeffrey Wiradjuri
Ben Patterson Wiradjuri
Brock Larance Biripi