WA/SA Qualify For NCIC Decider
23 January 2017  

The combined South Australia/Western Australia team and Victoria will meet in tomorrow mornings’s Blind and Vision Impaired Division Grand Final at the National Cricket Inclusion Championships in Geelong after the two sides finished the round-robin matches in the top two positions on the table.

Victoria snuck into the final ahead of New South Wales on net run rate after both finished on equal points.

The Grand Final will take place at McDonald Reserve in Geelong, beginning at 9:00am. The match will also be live-streamed on both cricket.com.au and the official NCIC website ncic.cricket.com.au

In the afternoon matches, Victoria sealed their place in the final with a nine-wicket win against Queensland/ACT.

The combined side batted first, compiling 5-194 from 20 overs on the back of 72 from opener Matthew Kent.

However, Daniel Pritchard and Brendan Spencer made short work of the chase for Victoria.

Pritchard (76 not out) and Spencer (72 not out) put together a 181-run partnership to guide their side to victory with more than four overs to spare.

New South Wales also tasted success, winning in the final over against South Australia/Western Australia to give the combined side their first defeat of the tournament.

The combined side batted first, with Bradley Brider’s knock of 89 the main contribution in a total of 6-200.

But New South Wales were up for the challenge, chasing down the total with five balls to spare.

Matt Cameron was the star with 99 not out, while Nathan Leets (28) and Shaun Fitzpatrick (23) were important contributors.

In the morning matches, Queensland/ACT defeated New South Wales, while South Australia/Western Australia accounted for Victoria.

Matthew McCarthy’s 48 and Nathan Quigg’s 37 propelled Queensland/ACT to 7-192 from their 20 overs, with a superb knock from Lindsay Heaven not enough to see New South Wales home.

Heaven contributed 80 not out - following scores of 99 not out and 81 in his previous two innings - but New South Wales fell 36 runs short of victory, finishing at 3-167 after 20 overs.

South Australia/Western Australia opener Ricky Segura scored 71 off 45 deliveries, as his side posted 9-219 off 20 overs, despite superb figures of 2-16 from Victoria opening bowler Daniel Pritchard.

Pritchard posted 41 at the top of the order in reply, as Victoria could only muster 2-156 from their 20 overs.

Scores in brief

Blind and Vision Impaired

Round 5

Queensland/ACT 7-192cc off 20 overs (M. McCarthy 48, N. Quigg 37, L. Heaven 2-34) def New South Wales 3-167cc off 20 overs (L. Heaven 80*)

South Australia/Western Australia 9-219cc off 20 overs (R. Segura 71, B. Spencer 3-49, D. Pritchard 2-16) def Victoria 2-156cc off 20 overs (D. Pritchard 41, N. Brewer-Maiga 31 retired, B. Spencer 30)

Round 6

South Australia/Western Australia 6-200cc off 20 overs (B. Brider 89) def by New South Wales 2-201 off 19.1 overs (M. Cameron 99, D. Martin 2-33)

Queensland/ACT 5-194cc off 20 overs (M. Kent 72, D. Pritchard 2-19) def by Victoria 1-195 off 15.1 overs (D. Pritchard 76*, B. Spencer 72*)