Queensland has performed solidly at the National Indigenous Cricket championships in Alice Springs, reaching the Final of the Men's competition and semi-finals of the Women's competition.
The Queensland men fell short in the Final, losing to reigning title-holders NSW, while the Queensland women lost a fiercely-contested semi-final to Victoria.
In the men's decider, Queensland won the toss and elected to bat. New South Wales’ Ben Patterson struck with the first delivery of the match to dismiss Queensland captain Brad Stout. The wuickets tumbled as Brock Larance (3/23) took three wickets in the space of two overs and saw Queensland slump to 4-12. A fightback from Sam Doggett (37) and veteran Kieren Gibbs (18) combined to steady the innings with a partnership of 31 to see Queensland finish their innings at 9/105 (20).
Opening the batting for New South Wales, Brynly Richards (11) and Pat Rosser (2) fell cheaply with left-arm spinner Alex Melville (2-8 off 4) claiming both wickets. Captain Brendan Smith (30*) and Ben Patterson (53*) then partnered for a 74-run stand, guiding their side home two down from 14.1 overs to defend their 2018 title in emphatic fashion.
Queensland had qualified off the back of a thrilling semi, which included Queensland being 2-1 after the first over and 2-32 after 10, before rallying to chase down 138 to beat Victoria and secure a place in the final.
Queensland's Female Indigenous team could reflect on an admirable showing at the titles, with six of the squad members aged under 18.