The National Cricket Inclusion Championships have yet again produced another week of high quality cricket.
As a result of todays Semi Final matches, tomorrows Grand Final day will see South Australia being represented across all three divisions whilst Western Australia (Deaf), Victoria (ID) and New South Wales (Blind) will all be represented once.
In the Intellectual Disability division, reigning champions South Australia have gone through another tournament undefeated and will again be favourites in their Grand Final against Victoria tomorrow. Opening batsman Dale Fielke has been dominant for South Australia, smashing 247 runs at an average of 61.75 across the tournament thus far. Fielke is closely followed by his opposite number, Gavan Hicks (Victoria) who has demolished attacks in his 238 runs at an average of 59.50.
Blind & Low Vision
In a massive 102 run win over Queensland this afternoon, New South Wales have progressed into this years Blind & Low Vision Grand Final. Batting first, New South Wales posted 0/235 (20) thanks to outstanding individual performances from Linday Heaven (93) and Oscar Stubbs (89). In reply, Queensland could only manage 133 (19.5) following three run outs from Lawrence Anag.
New South Wales opponents will be South Australia, who won their match against Victoria with just two balls to spare. South Australian skipper Stephen Palmer has once again led his side during their campaign, hitting 516 runs including three centuries and two half centuries.
Deaf & Hard of Hearing
Western Australia showed that they are the team to beat in the Deaf & Hard of Hearing division with a 40-run Semi Final win over New South Wales. Fresh off his batter of the tournament performance at the 2018 Deaf Cricket World Cup, Western Australian opener David Melling smashed his second century in just as many days. With bat in hand, Melling is averaging 67.75 with a strike rate of 177.1 at this years championships.
In the Semi Final between South Australia and Victoria, South Australia lost Adam Wood and Justin Millard early, however, South Australian opener Luke Smith saved their innings with a classy knock of 51 (46) to help his side to 5/122 (20).
In response, Victoria lost 3/5 within the first six overs, however Tony Barulovski (40) and Glen Findell (26) saw their innings back on track, however, impressive figures of 3/11 (3) to Luke Trudgett and 3/26 (3.4) to Luke Smith saw Victoria all out for 97 (15.4).
Grand Final Day: McDonald Reserve, Geelong
8:00am - South Australia v New South Wales (Blind & Low Vision)
12:00pm - Western Australia v South Australia (Deaf & Hard of Hearing)
3:30pm - South Australia v Victoria (Intellectual Disability)
All Grand Finals will be lived via the Cricket Australia Facebook page.