The Wolves have won the final of the Beastwear National Indoor Cricket League - ACT Zone sponsored by Canberra Southern Cross Club despite being unable to defeat the Southern Cross Cricket Assassins in their previous two matches, coming away with a 17-run victory at Action Indoor Sports Kambah on Saturday night.
Starting strong early, the Wolves put together a disciplined batting performance, countering the strong bowling attack of the SCC Assassins in an effort which saw the Wolves only lose their first wicket in the 14th over of their batting innings. On multiple occasions, the SCC Assassins managed to create a third-ball opportunity only for the Wolves to escape without the loss of a wicket.
It was an all-round performance with the bat, the Wolves finishing on a total of 88 with Adam Seary finishing the top scorer with 16. While for the SCC Assassins, Tyler Van Luin was the best performer with the ball, finishing with 1/3 from his two overs.
In the run chase, the SCC Assassins got off to a terrific start with captain Luke Ryan and 16-year old Dylan Faram combining for a 35 run opening partnership. In the middle of the innings, there was a stoppage in play when a leg side delivery from Phil Marchant struck wicket keeper John Stankovic in the mouth, resulting in a broken front tooth.
With the game in the balance, the final pair of Brock Winkler and Andrew Glover took to the court, requiring 21 runs for victory for the SCC Assassins. Glover, in attempting to keep out a yorker from Alexander Floros, jammed down onto his own ankle with his bat, injuring himself in the process. This was followed up by a strong display from Sam Lang with the ball, targeting the injured Andrew Glover in the next over to take 3/-11 and all but seal the result for the Wolves.
Wolves captain Timmy Floros was named player of the final, performing well with both bat and ball while being very active in the field, covering a lot of the court, putting pressure on the SCC Assassins batsmen whenever the ball was hit in his direction.
“The Assassins are a very strong side so it wasn’t easy going into the game as the underdogs, I was very proud of the way our side handled themselves in the pressure situations.” said Floros. “The boys are excited to head to Melbourne and take on the best teams in the country, there will be some very tough opposition but we won’t let that get the better of us.” he added.
The Wolves are the first side in Australia to qualify for the Beastwear NICL Finals Series and will next travel to Melbourne to take on the other winners of the various Zones around Australia to determine a National Champion.
Article supplied by Cricket ACT.