Queensland has wrapped up an extensive campaign at the recent National Cricket Inclusion Championships.
Held in Geelong, the titles featured Queensland teams encompassing blind and vision impaired, deaf and hard of hearing, and cricketers with an intellectual disability teams for the second year of the national championships designed to promote cricket’s vision that it is a sport for all.
Now in its second year, the NCIC featured 15 teams and more than 230 players.
The Queensland ID team finished second to South Australia in a hard-fought final after earlier going through the tournament undefeated.
Batting first, SA made 3-122 from their 20 overs, with Queensland fighting hard throughout only to be dismissed for 98.
The Queensland Deaf team had a slow start to their campaign, being winless until their final round match where they produced an exciting effort to defeat reigning title holders Western Australia.
Batting first on a green pitch, Western Australia lost their first five batsman for just eight runs and they were dismissed for 94 as Queensland kept the pressure on throughout.
Stefan Hall, Sean Walsh and David Brown took two wickets each for Queensland. James Tsakalos and Kory Booth (one wicket each) both made early inroads for Western Australia, however, Sean Walsh (25* off 42) and Stevan Hall (29* off 29) guided Queensland to a nail biting finish; hitting the winning runs off the second last ball. Queensland finished 3/95 (19.5).
The Queensland Blind side were competitive throughout but were unable to breakthrough for wins during their series, finishing fourth as NSW won the national title.