Western Australia has claimed its first
Deaf and Hard of Hearing National Championship (Webby’s Cup) title breaking a
40-year drought, defeating Victoria in the Grand Final at the 2017 National
Cricket Inclusion Championships today.
With six wickets and eight balls to spare,
Western Australia chased down Victoria’s total of 143 at Winter Reserve in
Western Australia won the toss, sending the
Victorians in and picking up two early wickets with the ball.
But Victoria captain Steven Cardamone (27
runs) and Tony Barulovski (36) led the revival, as their side reached 100 with
six wickets in the sheds.
There was another twist though, with the
West Australian bowlers bouncing back, dismissing the Victorians for 143 off
the final ball of the innings.
James Tsalakos picked up 4-20, including
three wickets in the final over, while Matt Shenton made an important
contribution of 3-23.
Shenton’s blistering 37 off 25 balls turned
the game in Western Australia’s favour, with Syed Shah Rukh (31) and James
Johnston (33*) playing important roles with the bat to see the team from the
west claim the championship.
Earlier in the day, New South Wales
defeated South Australia by seven wickets in the third-place playoff.
Kym Daley’s unbeaten 73 off just 45 balls
saw New South Wales chase down South Australia’s total of 4-124 inside 14
overs. Justin Millard was the pick of the SA batsmen, carrying his bat for 57
Two matches were also played today in the
Blind and Vision Impaired Division.
An incredible individual performance from
Lindsay Heaven led New South Wales to victory against Victoria.
Victoria compiled 6-201 off 20 overs, on
the back of half-centuries from Ned Brewer-Maiga (78) and Brendan Spencer (58).
But Heaven smashed 99 not out off just 55
balls, leading his side to a one-wicket win.
The combined South Australia/Western
Australia side defeated Queensland/ACT by nine wickets in the other match.
Queensland/ACT posted 0-190, with Cory
Heberley scoring 113 not out and Matt Kent contributing 67 not out.
However, half centuries from Steffan Nero
(62 retired hurt) and Mark Haskett (61*) guided South Australia/Western
Australia to victory.
Matches continue tomorrow for the Blind and
Vision Impaired Division, ahead of the Grand Final on Tuesday.
Scores in brief
Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Final: Victoria 143 all out off 20 overs
(T. Barulovski 36, S. Cardamone 27, J. Tsakalos 4-20, M. Shenton 3-23) def by
Western Australia 4-144 off 18.4 overs (M. Shenton 37, J. Johnston 33*, S. Shah
3rd place playoff: South Australia 4-124cc
off 19 overs (J. Millard 57*) def by New South Wales 3-129 off 13.5 overs (K.
Blind and Vision Impaired
Victoria 6-201cc off 20 overs (N.
Brewer-Maiga 78, B. Spencer 58, S. Fitzpatrick 2-33) def by New South Wales
9-202 off 19.3 overs (L. Heaven 99*, D. Pritchard 4-32)
Queensland/ACT 0-190cc off 19 overs (C.
Heberley 113*, M. Kent 67*) def by South Australia/Western Australia 1-191 off
17.1 overs (S. Nero 62 ret hurt, M. Haskett 61*, B. Brider 29*)