Seventeen members of Sydney Thunder’s Indigenous sides will represent New South Wales at the National Indigenous Cricket Championships this week.
The T20 tournament began today in Alice Springs with the NSW Indigenous Men’s side starting their campaign with a 10-run win over Victoria.
Thunder’s Brock Larance was the best of the bowlers with 2/26 from his four overs while Tyran Liddiard was solid in the field with three catches.
The NSW Indigenous Women’s team begin their title defence on Wednesday against South Australia.
Kieran McMillan, Acting Executive General Manager of Community Cricket at Cricket Australia said:
“This event provides unique opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cricketers and is a time each year that we can shine a light on the strong contribution that Indigenous Australians have made, and continue to make, to the sport.
“We’re intensely proud of the efforts of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cricketers who showcase their talents on the national and international stage. Eight Indigenous cricketers are currently playing in State and/or W/BBL teams with the NICC playing an impactful role in their cricket development.”
One of those Indigenous cricketers is Thunder WBBL’s Hannah Darlington who will represent NSW at this tournament for the second consecutive year.
This achievement caps off an outstanding few months for the teenager including leading Thunder’s Indigenous Women’s XI to victory in Tasmania, being named captain of the Lanning XII for the WBBL U18 Exhibition Match and captaining NSW Metro to victory over ACT/NSW Country in the U18 Female National Championships One-Day Final.
NSW Men’s Indigenous squad (*Thunder Indigenous squad member)
Brendan Smith (C)*
NSW Women’s Indigenous squad
Julie Muir (C)*