The Thunder Indigenous XI, presented by Homestar Finance, has won the women’s Indigenous T20 Cup after defeating the Sixers Indigenous XI in a three-game series at Reg Bartley Oval.
Sara Darney (Wiradjuri), who finished the series with an unbeaten 61 runs in the final match, enjoyed the engagement opportunity the Indigenous T20 Cup provided for all players.
“I loved it. It was great to see some familiar faces and catch up and it was awesome to see so many new faces and getting to know them,” Darney said.
“It was a great showcase of some of the Indigenous talent coming through the pathway system.”
Travelling from Wellington in Far West NSW, Darney recognises the cultural importance of the initiative that goes beyond the boundary.
“It means a lot for me when I go away and am lucky enough to be a part of a competitions like the Indigenous T20 Cup,” she said.
“When you can represent your culture and your family it makes me feel extremely proud and honoured.”
Dharmini Chauhan (Wiradjuri) shared opening bat duties with Darney and echoed her sentiment about the greater impact that the Indigenous T20 Cup has.
“I love being around these people and playing with them (Thunder Indigenous XI). There’s a lot of cultural aspects and we learn about each other each day,” Chauhan said.
“I am so proud to represent my people.”
Meanwhile, Hannah Darlington (Kamilaroi), performed well with bat and ball for the Thunder Indigenous XI, off the back of being named the Rebel Young Gun of WBBL|05.
She may have only just wrapped up her debut @WBBL campaign, but Hannah Darlington couldn’t miss the opportunity to represent the Thunder Indigenous XI this week 🙌💚 #ThunderNation #IndigenousT20Cup pic.twitter.com/s5hX7asjAG— Sydney Thunder WBBL (@ThunderWBBL) December 5, 2019
Sixers Indigenous XI 4/105 (Anika Learoyd 49*, Emily Cross 22*, Veronica Gordon 2/16) DEF BY Thunder Indigenous XI 8/107 (Hannah Darlington 26*, Dharmini Chauhan 25, Lara Graham 4/13)
Thunder Indigenous XI 3/141 (Naomi Woods 35*, Dharmini Chauhan 35, Christina Coulson 1/17) DEF Sixers Indigenous XI 8/125 (Anika Learoyd 45, Amali McNeil 4/24)
Sixers Indigenous XI 3/134 (Anika Learoyd 45*, Lara Graham 37, Julie Muir 2/12) DEF BY Thunder Indigenous XI 2/135 (Sara Darney 61*, Dharmini Chauhan 40, Anika Learoyd 1/35)
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