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Australian squads named for Indoor Cricket World Cup

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Australia’s Indoor Cricket National Champions for 2017 have been crowned, and four Australian squads have been selected to compete at the 2017 WICF Indoor Cricket World Cup in Dubai.

The 2017 Indoor Cricket National Championships concluded in Mackay on Saturday, with national titles claimed across the five Open divisions, and teams named to represent Australia at Open Men’s, Open Women’s, 21 & Under Men’s and 21 & Under Women’s level.

Australia is the reigning champion in each division, and will set out to defend its titles in September.

Cricket Australia Indoor Cricket Manager, Briana Binch, said: “It’s really pleasing for us to be able to select four strong teams to represent Australia at this year’s Indoor Cricket World Cup, as we look to maintain our status as world champions,” Binch said.

“The standard of competition across all the Open divisions was extremely high. With the addition of the Beastwear National Indoor Cricket League this year, our leading indoor cricketers are being exposed to more opportunities to test their skills at a high level, which is great to see.

“This year, we have seen a record number of players and teams compete at the National Championships, and by combining the Junior and Open Divisions for the first time, we have been able to showcase the Pathway that’s available for aspiring indoor cricketers.

“Mackay has been a fantastic host for these championships, and we thank the Mackay Regional Council, Mackay Indoor Sports Arena and all our officials, players and supporters who have helped to make this year’s National Championships an overwhelming success."

In the Open Men’s Division, the ACT edged out Queensland by just nine runs in the final, 84 to 75.

ACT’s Brock Winkler was named Player of the Final, after guiding his side to victory in their run chase, while teammate Luke Ryan won the Player of the Series award.

Queensland claimed two titles - the Open Women’s and 21 & Under Men’s.

Player of the Final Krystal Opperman scored 18 runs and claimed two wickets, as Queensland’s Open Women defeated Victoria 81 to 59. Victoria’s Danielle Montague was named Player of the Series.

It was a comfortable win for Queensland’s 21 & Under Men, who defeated Western Australia Black 91 to 40, on the back of 14 runs and three wickets to Player of the Final Hamish Chapman. Fellow Queenslander Ryan Dowse won the Player of the Series award.

In the 21 & Under Women’s Division, Victoria Blue just overcame Queensland, 74 to 66.

Three wickets earned Victoria’s Maddie Wright the Player of the Final award - and she also was named Player of the Series - as a big final pair of Queensland was not enough to claim victory.

South Australia recorded a comprehensive win in the 25th edition of the Lord’s Taverners Shield, a division for cricketers with an intellectual disability.

Scott May was named Player of the Series and Player of the Final, as South Australia defeated Victoria 205 to 17.

Australian Squads

Open Men’s: Vinesh Bennett, Benji Floros, Matthew Floros, Tim Floros, Luke Ryan (ACT); Rhys Dearness, Rob Fitzgerald, Jay Otto, Lyle Teske (QLD); Travis Baker, Justin Perkins (VIC); Chris Chellew (WA). Coach: Ross Gregory. Assistant Coach: Rob Boiston. Manager: Billy Floros.

Open Women’s: Claire Koski (NSW); Dulane Carson, Jude Coleman, Ashleigh Doble, Meagan Dixon, Krystal Oppermann (QLD); Neisha Iles, Stacey Oates, Kylie Rattray (SA); Nicole Martin, Briony Polkinghorne, Laura Shaw (VIC). Coach: Donna Dalby. Manager: Maleah Harris. Specialist Coaches: Wendy Kemp & Tahnee Norris.

21 & Under Men’s: Alexander Floros, Tyler Hays (ACT); Hamish Chapman, Jeremy Crighton, Ryan Dowse, Adrian Lascu, Blaine Schloss, Matt Schubert (QLD); Jamie Diener, Zachary Schwarz (SA); Joshua Fontana, Blair Oakley (WA). Coach: Brenton Brien. Assistant Coach: Tony Panecasio. Manager: Grant MacQuarrie.

21 & Under Women’s: Samantha Arnold, Amy Riddell (NSW); Zeldine Barnard, Samantha Dixon, Courtney Hewitt, Emily Vallance, Alexandra Weeks (Queensland); Ainslee Knight (SA); Adelaide Campion, Amy Jennings, Chloe Rafferty, Maddie Wright (VIC). Coach: Cindy Kross. Manager: Melissa Horn. Specialist Coaches: Wendy Kemp & Tahnee Norris.