Victoria well represented at National Cricket Inclusion Championships

January 14, 2020
Victoria well represented at National Cricket Inclusion Championships

Victoria was well represented across the opening day of the National Cricket Inclusion Championships in Geelong on Monday.

Blind, deaf and intellectually disabled (ID) Victorian men’s teams played T20 matches against other states with some impressive performance across the board.

In the ID division, Victoria recorded a 61-run win over Western Australia.

Winning the toss and batting first, the host state compiled an impressive 4-166 from its 20 overs, with Richard Curtis posting a rapid 28-ball half century and opener Gavan Hicks scoring 46 from just 35 deliveries.

Early wickets was the key to slowing WA in its run chase, with skipper Lachlan MacRae, Mitchell Lawrence, David Alford and Hicks all claiming one wicket each. The visitors restricted to 6-105 in reply.

Victoria were on the wrong side of a high-scoring blind division encounter against New South Wales.

The New South Welshman powered their way to 3-215 from 20 overs, with three runouts the highlight for the Vics.

Despite a whirlwind 72 from 47 deliveries by Brendan Spencer and contributions from Ned Brewer Maiga (48 from 28 balls) and Brett Wilson (44 from 27 balls), Victoria fell two runs short of victory finishing on 9-213.

Victoria proved too strong for South Australia in the deaf division, recording a five-wicket win.

Two wickets to Tyson Hay and one each to Lachlan Waters and Tony Barulovski kept South Australia to 4-97 from 20 overs.

Hay continued his excellent game with the bat, hitting a half century to guide Victoria to victory in the 18th over.

Round 1 – Blind
Victoria 9-213
(B. Spencer 72, N. Brewer Maiga 48, B. Wilson 44)
Def. by New South Wales 3-215
Round 1 – Deaf
Victoria 5-98
(T. Hay 54, G. Flindell 19)
Def. South Australia 4-97
(T. Hay 2-7, T. Barulovski 1-12, L. Waters 1-18)
Round 1 – ID
Victoria 4-166
(R. Curtis 55, G. Hicks 46, J. Phillips 24)
Def. Western Australia 6-105
(D. Alford 1-14, M. Lawrence 1-16)
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