Ten years since Queensland’s historic ‘three peat’ in the Open Women’s National Championships, the Lightning have again gone back to back to back and claimed their third National title in a row.

The Queensland Thunder men's team had to withstand a tense run chase against Victoria before emerging triumphant.

Queensland's 21 and Under women's side was valiant in defeat in its Grand Final.

Homeside Victoria batted first in the Open Women’s Grand Final against Queensland, aiming to set a total out of reach for the two time reigning champs, the Lightning.

The first skin for the Lightning, Ashleigh Doble and Emily Cramb hit a handy 29 runs to begin the quest for the ‘three peat’ in style.

Legend Jude Coleman paired with young star Samantha Dixon hit a further 37, despite a direct hit run out from Briony Polkinghorne, to put the Queenslanders in a commanding position heading into the third pairing.

Emily Vallance and Dulane Carson added 35 to the total before Megan Dixon and Allison Nagle ensured the Lightning had a score of 123 to defend.

Martin and Elly Donald got the home side off to a strong start, hitting thirteen runs from the first over, before a run out off the bowling of Australian rep, Megan Dixon, restricted the pair to a total of 21 for the first skin. Amy Jennings and Adelaide Campion added 28 to the score before Briony Polkinghorne and Janelle Hayhurst matched the efforts of the first pair, scoring 21 runs.

The final pair of Chloe Rafferty and Tamzyn Wright couldn’t stop the domination of Queensland’s bowling and fielding, scoring twelve to fall short of the total by 41 runs.

Leading the charge with the ball for the victorious Queenslanders was Captain Jude Coleman with 2/-2 and Konica Minolta Queensland Fire squad member Meagan Dixon, with an inspiring spell of 3/-7.

In the Men's final, there was action aplenty!

Batting first, Victoria could only manage 12 runs for its first skin, with superb fielding from the Thunder a highlight for the packed out Casey Stadium crowd. Clive Rose and Travis Baker added twenty to the total and with the total at 32 going into the second two pairs, Jarrod Burns and Jack Craig had an uphill battle ahead to score a competitive total. The pair added eighteen, before Bradley Jones and Jarrod Armitage were dismissed twice in two balls to start their skin. With the score at 54 heading into the last over of the innings, the pair did well to take Victoria’s total to 64, despite losing multiple wickets throughout the skin. 

 

 

After defending 68 in last night’s thrilling Preliminary Final against the ACT, Victoria had belief going into their bowling innings. The opening pair for the Thunder, Ryan Dowse and Rob Fitzgerald, set the tempo for the innings, scoring 34 to start the run chase.

 

Skipper Lyle Teske and Josh Dreaver put on 15 for the second skin, followed by Cameron Boyce, who courageously took to the court after injuring his thumb in the bowling innings, and Jamie Stuart.

 

The pair added 19, before Rhys Dearness and Brandon Caust sealed the game, and the title in an eventful final skin, which saw five penalty runs taken off the Victorian total.