In a bumper day of NCIC action, two divisions saw back-to-back titles whilst Victoria were crowned winners in the Intellectual Disability division.
Blind & Low Vision: Full Scorecard
The New South Wales chants echoed across McDonald Reserve this morning as their Blind & Low Vision side claimed their second consecutive title in a 26-run win over South Australia.
In a classy innings of reverse sweeps and hard hitting, New South Wales were led by Captain Lindsay Heaven (78 runs off 49 balls) as they posted 5/217 from their twenty overs.
In response, South Australia lost their star power early with Stephen Palmer falling the victim of Shaun Fitzpatrick for 9 runs. Despite strong contributions from Mark Haskett (33) and veteran Michael Zannis (60), the South Australian side could only manage 8/191 (20) as New South Wales claimed their second title in just as many years.
Deaf & Hard of Hearing: Full Scorecard
As the temperature reached 42 in Geelong, a large crowd gathered to watch South Australia attempt to defend last years title against Western Australia.
As a result of the boiling weather conditions, eight overs were lost, which reduced each innings to sixteen overs.
Batting first, South Australia were once again led by star recruit Luke Smith (64 off 47) and Captain Luke Trudgett (46 off 19). Trudgett sent balls to all parts in his twenty two minute innings, including four boundaries and three maximums. With the added support of 26 runs from Justin Millard, South Australia finished at 3/143 (16).
The self proclaimed Deaf & Hard of Hearing ‘Bash Brothers’ Shahrukh Syed and David Melling had the South Australians nervously awaiting the sound of ball on bat. Together, the pair have amassed 485 runs across six matches this tournament.
Despite smashing a boundary off his. very first ball, Melling fell into a Kym Jacob trap as he was caught on the boundary for four. Despite a strong partnership between Syed (29) and James Johnston (26) the Western Australian side could only find their way to 6/120 (16). As a result, South Australia claimed their second title in Geelong.
Intellectual Disability: Full Scorecard
Heading into their Grand Final as competition favourites, the South Australian Intellectual Disability side made their way 6/126 (20) batting first against Victoria. Leading from the front, and backing up off his 83* in last years Grand Final, South Australian Captain Chris McQueen smashed 84* (54) in an innings that made over three quarters of his sides score. With the ball, Victorian Ben Smith was instrumental claiming 3/16 (4).
Leading from the front, opener Gavan Hicks looked dangerous early as he belted balls to all parts of McDonald Reserve. Despite regular wickets falling around him, Hicks fell with two overs to spare at 4/122, just six runs short of Victoria's target. With the match going deep into the final over, Captain Lachie MacRae finished his forty three minute innings on 10* (18) to guide his side home with one ball to spare.
Earlier in the week, teams from Victoria and South Australia competed in a world first event; the first ever Deaf Women's cricket match to be played at a domestic level. Driven by Melissa Hale and supported by Cricket Australia, the two teams played two exhibition matches on Sunday and Monday with the vision to have a Deaf Women's division in future years.
For all match highlights, head to the Cricket Australia YouTube channel.