The New South Wales Women’s team have defeated Queensland in the final of the National Indigenous Cricket Championships in Alice Springs to claim its eleventh straight title.
NSW secured the national crown with a commanding nine-wicket victory over Queensland in the final, reaching the winning target of 136 in just 12.5 overs.
Opening batter Roxsanne Van-Veen was absolutely dominant in the run chase. She rattled the ball to the boundary on six occasions, and over it another four times, during a rapid-fire innings of 63 from 32 balls.
“That’s probably one of the best wins I’ve had,” Van-Veen said.
Sara Darney also wasted very little time in her knock of 55 not out from 37 deliveries. Together with Van-Veen, the opener shared in a 120-run partnership to all but seal the eleventh consecutive title.
Darney finished the tournament as the leading run-scorer with 220 runs at an average of 73.33. Her highest score was 75 against South Australia in NSW’s second match of the competition.
Queensland looked to have established a good platform for a sizeable total at 0/82, but the dismissal of captain Kyra Black (50) slowed the momentum. In the end, NSW fought back to contain the first innings’ score to 6/135 from the allocated 20 overs.
Despite the significant total, Van-Veen was confident of victory.
“I said to Darney at the start of the game, our batting, let’s go through, let’s go through and get these runs.”
NSW captain Julie Muir was elated at the way her team performed.
“That’s awesome … at one stage I thought they’d get about 180 the way they started off, but it was a really good result from our bowlers,” Muir said.
Muir was the stand out bowler for the tournament, in terms of wickets taken, and that was evident again in the final. She claimed 2-25 from her 4 overs and finished the Championships with 12 scalps at 6.17.
Her best bowling came against Western Australia in the semi-final when she collected 5-10 which NSW similarly won in imposing fashion by nine wickets chasing a mere 37 for victory.
NSW opening bowler Hannah Darlington also picked up 2-33 in the final and finished the tournament as the third leading wicket taker with nine wickets at 7.44.
The top three spots on the list of leading wicket-takers for the Championships were occupied by NSW bowlers. Jemma Astley finished in second place. She claimed 10 scalps at 7.80.
The champions also possessed the leading wicketkeeper for the tournament in terms of dismissals. Darney claimed four catches and three stumpings which was six better than her nearest rivals.
NSW was undefeated throughout the Championships winning every one of its six matches.
Muir said that after eleven years it might now be time for a changing of the guard.
“I’m the only one that’s actually been here the whole eleven years in this team now, so as I said, we’ve got some young ones coming through, so hopefully they can push me out.”