Grand Finalists in the Women's NICL are locked, while the Men's draw played their penultimate round.
The Preliminary Finals in the Women's NICL played out over the weekend, with the Falcons (East) and Kings (West) already safely through to the Grand Final.
In the East, second placed Monash Tigers took on third placed Springvale Seahawks. Batting first the Seahawks put together a competitive total of 77, led by Saseeka Mankulasuriya (18 runs) and Allyson Baker (17 runs). In reply the Tigers started strongly, sitting on 38 at the halfway point, but through some tight bowling and a flow of wickets in the final 7 overs the Tigers fell short of the target by 20 runs. Erin Carroll was the best of the Tigers players with 17 runs and 1 wicket.
In the West Preliminary Final, second placed Springvale Scorpions did battle against third placed Melton. Briony Polkinghorne again stood up for Melton with the bat (24 runs) in their total of 101 batting first; while Deb Loughan took 3 wickets for the Scorpions.
The Scorpions started strongly in reply putting on 40 runs with opening pair Loughan and Elly Donald. However, they stumbled in their next two pairs to sit on 57 with four overs remaining in the chase. Adelaide Campion and Laura Shaw were up to the task though hitting the winning runs with two balls remaining - putting on 47 in the final four overs.
This Sunday evening will see both Women's Grand Finals played at Croydon where the Falcons will play the Springvale Seahawks in the East final and the Kings will take on the Springvale Scorpions in the live-streamed West final.
Men's NICL matches continued in Victoria for the penultimate round of the regular season.
The match of the round saw Melton Falcons take on Northcote Knights. Batting first, despite an opening pair stand of 32, the Knights were only able to muster a total of 60. Sean Neary top scored with 18, while David Simpson took 3 wickets for the Falcons.
In reply Melton slowly chipped away at the target and eventually passed the Knights total in the second last over of the match, thanks to Dean Pirro and Grant McDonald's efforts with the bat.
In other results, Northcote Pirates had a big upset win over Hoppers Crossing Hurricanes 115-48. In his first match of the season, Gordon Sellers took 5 wickets for the Pirates, while Chris Scandolera also impressed with 32 runs.
Frankston Sharks remain clear in second place in the East Zone after a comfortable 97-64 victory over Monash Tigers. Cam Dinger (17 runs, 4 wickets) and Rod Bird (18 runs, 2 wickets) continued their strong form leading into finals.
Croydon were also not troubled by Cranbourne in their 61-34 victory. Chris Allen returned to the Raiders lineup and was impressive with the ball taking 4 wickets. Mitch Gregory was the best of the Kings with 11 runs and 3 wickets.
Men's Victoria West Table
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Men's Victoria East Table
This Sunday evening will see the National Live-Streamed Match of the Round return to Victoria as the Kings doing battle with the Springvale Scorpions in the Women's West Grand Final at 6.15pm. And at 8pm Monash Tigers and Cranbourne Kings will play their final matches of the season in Men's NICL.
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Article image courtesy of Chloe IP.
03 AUGUST, 2017 | Indoor Cricket