Thirteen members of the Thunder Nation helped NSW successfully defend its titles in both the Women’s and Men’s divisions at the National Indigenous Cricket Championships in Alice Springs this week.
The NSW Women’s Indigenous team defeated Queensland in the Final to claim a remarkable 13th straight title, while the NSW Men’s team also defeated Queensland in its Final to win its third successive championship.
Coach of the Thunder Indigenous XI Julie Muir took 5/13 in the Final as Queensland were bowled out for 72.
Muir finished the week as the leading wicket-taker with 8 at an average of 5.0.
Thunder Nation’s Dharmini Chauhan, who scored an unbeaten half-century in the opening match of the tournament, was named in the Team of the Tournament known as the Black Caps.
The NSW Men’s Indigenous team put in a stunning effort with the ball in the Grand Final, bowling out Queensland for just 46.
Thunder Nation duo Ben Patterson and Tyran Liddiard starred in the Final. Patterson, a fast bowling allrounder from Dubbo, claimed 3/7 from his three overs, while Liddiard completed two stumpings and one catch from behind the stumps.
Liddiard, who captains the Thunder Indigenous XI, finished the tournament as the fifth leading run-scorer, with 160 runs at 26.67.
Liddiard and Patterson’s outstanding performances throughout the week were recognised with selection in the Team of the Tournament.
Liddiard also picked up the fielding award with five catches and seven stumpings during the week.
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:
Julie Muir (C) Wiradjuri
Dharmini Chauhan Wiradjuri
Sara Darney Wiradjuri
Veronica Gordon Wiradjuri
Amali McNeil Wiradjuri
Dimity Parton Wiradjuri/Gamillaraay
Tyran Liddiard (C) Biripi
Jack Hartigan Gundungurra
Lachlan O’Connor Anaiwan
Ben Patterson Wiradjuri
Ethan Fitzpatrick Ngunnawal
Yarran Fair-Townsend Kamilaroi/Biripi
Jack McDonald Wiradjuri