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The 2018 Beastwear National Indoor Cricket League – National Finals Series is underway in Adelaide, with 14 matches taking place in the first day of competition.
Men’s Yellow Pool
In the opening round of the morning, Northcote Knights and Toombul Tigers each posted wins to kick off their Finals Series campaigns.
The Knights proved that good things come in threes – with three pairs scoring 22 runs apiece, three players claiming three wickets, and finishing with 3 bonus points from their win over the Wildcatz.
Skipper Rhys Dearness led from the front in the Tigers win over the Bombers, scoring 17 runs off his own bat and taking three wickets (contribution ave: 25). They went on to claim all points on offer in their 35-run win.
Only one run separated the two sides when Northcote Knights and Toombul Tigers went head-to-head against one other in their next round.
Despite scoring 80 runs at the halfway point of their innings, the Knights managed to reel in the Tigers attacking efforts to restrict them to a total of 116 runs. The Tigers then received a strong challenge as the Knights posted three pairs exceeding 30 runs apiece. Alex Jesensek (19 runs) and Dan Fielding (1 run) brought it home for the Northcote Knights as they won 117-116.
Current NSW Open Men’s representative Greg O’Connor was dominant in the black and green as the Macarthur Raptors defeated the Eastern Shore Bombers 107-54. Eastern Shore’s Wayne Quarrell wouldn’t bow down trying as he smashed two 7s into the back net in the final stages of the Bombers innings.
The final round of the day saw the Eastern Shore Bombers claim their first win of the day, defeating Victorian outfit the Northcote Knights by 46 runs.
In the final match of the day, the Macarthur Raptors defeated the Wildcatz from North Qld, 92-58.
Men’s Green Pool
The Wolves from the ACT hit the ground running on the first day of competition, notching up wins against the Pink Panthers (83-33) and Croydon Raiders (86-62). Tom Boyton (32 runs & 2/3) and captain Tim Floros (35 runs & 2/12) led the way for the Wolves across the two games.
The Seamer Snakes were all class in their single match of the day, defeating the Western Stars by 66 runs. Aaron Todd (29 runs) and Vin Sandhu (22 runs) stared for the Snakes with a partnership of 51 runs.
The boys from NSW Country bounced back in the afternoon with a win over local outfit, the Pink Panthers, by 30 runs.
Croydon Raiders (Victoria West) and Toombul Tigers (South-East Qld) went head-to-head in what was a hard-fought contest to kick off the women’s competition.
Batting first, the Tigers put on a knock of 81 runs with the help of Ella Winchester (23 runs) and Sarah White (18 runs). This wasn’t enough to hold back the experience of the Raiders as three of their pairs scored 32 runs or more to run away 38-run winners.
Stepney Thunder have got their eye on the prize, scoring heavily and claiming all points on offer in both of their scheduled games.
WBBL player and Stepney Thunder captain Tegan McPharlin leads the women’s division run scoring tally with 54 runs from two games, while Jess Oldfield took 4 wickets for -2 runs in their team’s clash against the Monash Tigers.
Croydon Raiders outplayed fellow Victorian outfit the Monash Tigers with a 19-run victory in their final round of the day.
Men’s - Green Pool: Wolves 83 def Pink Panthers 33; Snakes 145 def Stars 79; Stars 104 def Panthers 74; Wolves 86 def Croydon Raiders.
Men’s - Yellow Pool: Northcote Knights 90 def Wildcatz 48; Toombul Tigers 87 def Eastern Shore Bombers 52; Macarthur Raptors 107 def Eastern Shore Bombers 54; Northcote Knights 117 def Toombul Tigers 116. Eastern Shore Bombers 84 def Northcote Knights 38; Macarthur Raptors 92 def Wildcatz 58.
Women’s: Croydon Raiders 199 def Toombul Tigers 81; Stepney Thunder 143 def Monash Tigers 18; Stepney Thunder 120 def Macarthur Raptors 4; Croydon Raiders 108 def Monash Tigers 89.
Watch all the action as it unfolds and keep up to date with results via the Cricket Australia Indoor Facebook page and nicl.com.au.