IMPARJA CUP HOPES ALIVE
The Queensland Imparja Cup side kept their finals dream alive today with a crushing win over South Australia and an upset of previously unbeaten Western Australia as the National Indigenous championships in Alice Springs resumed today.
Queensland’s big win over SA during the afternoon was followed by their defeat of the previously ubeaten WA this evening in a de-facto semi-final, with the results keeping them firmly in the hunt for a Finals berth.
NSW are the only undefeated team after Queensland this evening blew WA off the park.
Experienced Cairns allrounder Glen Martin continued his fine tournament with 4-12 against WA as they were bundled out for just 67 in 17.4 overs.
Queensland then comfortably scored 2-70 from 11.5 overs, with Michael Strange finishing 22 not out.
While Martin was the star with the ball, he had exceptional support from Mark Thompson,who snapped up 3-6 from 2.1 overs, and young paceman Jake Kubinek who finished with 1-9 from four overs.
Earlier, a whirlwind 79 from 42 balls by opener Brad Stout sent Queensland on its way to its eventual total of 6-187 against South Australia, with the Townsville bat slamming seven fours and five sixes.
A hearty knock by Dwayne Malone (26no from 15 balls) ensured Queensland finished with a winning score from its 20 overs, before the bowlers finished off it style to dismiss SA for 91 in the final over.
Evergreen seamer Glen Martin claimed 3-21 from his four overs while allrounder John Hay snapped up 3-19 from three overs.
Queensland plays the Northern Territory tomorrow, with the Final to be played on Saturday and streamed live on www.cricket.com.au from 2pm.
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