The 2018 National Cricket Inclusion Championships Grand Final day commenced at Mcdonald Reserve in Geelong this morning at 8:30AM. The match between South Australia and the undefeated Queensland saw the commencement of the day, as they played off in the Final in the competition for cricketers with an Intellectual Disability.
Queensland won the toss and elected to bowl on a pitch that looked as though it would offer a little pace and movement early. Opening the batting for South Australia, Dale Fielke (0) and Beau Chisholm (0) fell without registering a score, and the decision to bowl by Queensland looked a somewhat masterstroke. South Australian skipper Chris McQueen was defiant in his batting innings, smashing 83 runs from 59 deliveries to get his side back on track and to a respectable total. On a ground with large boundaries both straight and square, McQueen and Scot May (21) combined for a 73 run partnership in a grand display of hard running between the wickets. With ball in hand, Jason Richardson bowled consistently for Queensland with the figures of 2/8 (4) including two exceptional maiden overs. Thanks to hard running from McQueen and May, South Australia made their way to 3/122 (20).
In the Queensland run chase, South Australia achieved the early breakthrough that they were after, as Luke Goodman dismissed the in form Haydn Brumm for 9. Fresh off 98* in the Semi Final, Brendan Westlake then joined his Captain in David Baird at the crease. The pair worked themselves in nicely, however, Baird was run out for 19 (32) and Westlake (22) was bowled by a swinging delivery in a firey spell from South Australian quick Luke Goodman. The pressure was then mounted back on the Queensland middle order, who struggled to keep up with the required run rate. In a remarkable spell, Luke Goodman (3/11) did the damage with the ball for South Australia, bowling two maidens and taking three crucial wickets, including that of Haydn Brumm. With a lack of batsmen to come, Queensland were bowled out for 98 on the second last ball of their innings, resulting in South Australia’s first ever NCIC ID Title.
The Blind Cricket Grand Final between New South Wales and Victoria is now live and being streamed via the Cricket Australia Facebook account.