The NSW Indigenous Women’s team has claimed its 12th consecutive title at the National Indigenous Cricket Championships in Alice Springs with a comprehensive 46-run victory over Victoria in the final on Monday.
The record-breaking win completed a dominant week for the 2019 champions who went through the T20 tournament undefeated.
It also comes just days after the NSW Breakers WNCL team claimed its 20th title in 23 seasons. The Women’s Indigenous Team has now won every national Indigenous title since the female competition began in 2008.
Such was their dominance that only twice did their opposition manage more than 50 when batting against NSW including one match where South Australia was incredibly dismissed for 10. Roxsanne Van-Veen claimed the remarkable figures of 5-1 from two overs in that win.
Captain Julie Muir has been involved in all 12 titles as either a player or skipper.
Like they had done throughout the tournament, NSW dominated from the outset in the final. Batting at No. 3, ACT/NSW Country Under 18 representative Anika Learoyd top-scored with 60 not out from 42 balls to help post an imposing total of 2/168 from the 20 overs.
She was well-supported by Breakers batter Mikayla Hinkley (43 from 39), wicketkeeper-batter Sara Darney (27 from 24) and Van-Veen, who remained unbeaten on 24 from 17 deliveries.
Victoria provided much more of a contest than it had in the preliminary rounds when NSW bundled out their opponents for just 48.
However, despite the best efforts of Victorian captain Emma Manix-Geeves with 65 from 48, the task of chasing 169 to win was too big a mountain to climb for her team.
Victoria finished its 20 overs 9/122. Opening bowlers Hannah Darlington (2-11) and Muir (2-27) both claimed multiple wickets for the champions.
Van-Veen finished the tournament as the leading wicket taker across all six states and territories. The allrounder claimed 13 wickets at just 4.54.
She was also the leading run-scorer for NSW with 138 runs to her name at an average of 46.
Van-Veen was second on the list of leading run-scorers for the tournament behind Manix-Geeves. The Victorian captain made 288 runs at 96.