Sydney Thunder’s Indigenous XI sides, proudly supported by Homestar Finance, have won a five-game series against the Hobart Hurricanes’ Indigenous XI and Pathways XI to retain the Indigenous XI T20 Cup.
Taking place in Tasmania from 29-30 November, the series was reduced to best of five games after the first game of the women’s fixture was cancelled due to extenuating circumstances.
Mikayla Hinkley, who has played for both the Sydney Thunder and Perth Scorchers in the WBBL, starred with the bat and ball, scoring 52* in the first game and picking up 3-6 in the second game.
Men’s captain Tyran Liddiard bounced back from two disappointing innings (0 and 14) to smash 69* and lift his team to the winning total of 2-175 in the series decider.
“It’s an amazing feeling. We didn’t have the greatest of days yesterday but we came out strong today and pulled through. It’s a pretty proud feeling to be able to bring the trophy back to Sydney,” said Liddiard after the final game.
“Yesterday personally I didn’t do very well but today I scored 69 and batted through the 20 (overs). It might not seem like much but I knew that my role was to bat the 20 so we had someone set for the innings.
“We’re all here playing for Sydney and our mobs and our family so I’m very happy to be able to take the trophy back after a few tough days of cricket.”
The tour to Tasmania also featured a traditional smoking ceremony at Tiagarra Aboriginal Cultural Centre.
Last season Thunder’s Indigenous side beat the Hurricanes in a three-game series in Orange and also recorded a six-wicket victory over Kenya Under 19’s.
Game 1 (Men) – Hurricanes 8/125 (Dellow 4/20) def Thunder 5/124 (Smith 48)
Game 2 (Women) – Thunder 2/110 (Hinkley 52*) def Hurricanes 6/107 (Coulson 2/12)
Game 3 (Men) – Hurricanes 2/137 (Davis 1/21) def Thunder 7/134 (Fenning 41)
Game 4 (Women) – Thunder 10/123 (Astley 22) def Hurricanes 10/83 (Hinkley 3/6)
Game 5 (Men) – Thunder 2/175 (Liddiard 69*) def Hurricanes 8/155 (Steadman 2/27)
View the full scorecards HERE.
Sydney Thunder Women's Indigenous Side
Hannah Darlington (C) Kamilaroi
Julie Muir Wiradjuri
Dharmini Chauhan Wiradjuri
Anika Learoyd Gumbaynggir
Jemma Astley Wannarua
Zoe Fleming Kamilaroi
Naomi Woods Kamilaroi
Taylor Ling Plangermaireener
Christina Coulson Unknown
Mikayla Hinkley Kunja
Roxsanne Van-Veen Gundungurra
Dimity Parton Wiradjuri/Yuwaalaraay
Madison Greenhalgh Biripi
Sydney Thunder Men's Indigenous Side
Tyran Liddiard (C) Biripi
Adam Burton Kamilaroi
Rohan Davis Kamilaroi
Nathaniel Jones Eora
Yarran Fair-Townsend Kamilaroi/Biripi
Raymond Steadman Worimi Ngemba
Brendan Smith Dunghutti
Daniel Dellow Wiradjuri
James Whiting Wiradjuri
Luke Jones Eora
Ryan Fenning Wiradjuri
Aaron Kelly-Parsons Dunghutti
Marty Jeffrey Wiradjur