In the inaugural season of Cricket Australia’s national indoor competition, Queensland’s Wynnum Seagulls took out the men’s title, while Victoria’s Kings claimed the women’s title.
Both winners received $10,000 in prize money, following the NICL Finals Series at Springvale Indoor Sports Centre in Victoria, played from Friday 1 September to Sunday 3 September. Six women’s teams and 12 men’s teams competed at the finals weekend, after 76 teams from across Australia played in the first edition of the competition.
In the men’s grand final, Wynnum Seagulls – from the South-East Queensland zone – defeated Western Australia zone champion Seamer Snakes by 19 runs The Snakes batted first, with Western Australia rookie Clint Hinchliffe top-scoring with 17 as his side posted 93 runs.
In reply, Tony Ashworth (21 runs) and Rob Fitzgerald (19 runs) led the way as the Seagulls hit the front in their third batting pair, before finishing on 112. Wynnum’s Adam McDermott won the player of the match award for his 18 runs and one wicket. In the women’s grand final, Victoria West zone champion Kings accounted for Victoria East zone champion Springvale Scorpions by 58 runs.
Kings batted first and compiled and imposing total of 126 runs, on the back of big contributions from Danielle Montague (24 runs), Brodie Whitmore (22) and Maddie Wright (20). The Scorpions could only manage 68 runs in response, as Laura Shaw top-scored with 16.
Wright also picked up two wickets for the Kings to be named player of the match. More than $55,000 worth of prize money was shared by the participating teams, with the men’s and women’s runners up also receiving $5,000 each.
A total of 49 matches were played across the finals weekend, with 34 matches live-streamed via www.nicl.com.au and the Cricket Australia Indoor Facebook Page.