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Croydon Raiders take out Men’s East Division Championship

Final Score: Croydon Raiders 117 (3) def. Bobo’s Diner (Frankston) Sharks 109 (1)

Summary: Croydon Raiders 117 (Andrew Keane 20, Kieran Perkins 16, Rod Bird 0/9, Cam Dinger 0/10) def. Bobo’s Diner (Frankston) Sharks 109 (Lance McDougall 28, Jake Adamson 19, Kris Krowlikowski 2/8, Justin Perkins 1/10, Keane 1/10) by nine runs

Net Scores: Raiders – Keane +10, Krowlikowski +8; Sharks – McDougall +7, C Dinger/Luke Dinger/Rod Bird +4)

Best on Ground – Andrew Keane (Croydon Raiders)

Big Picture

The Croydon Raiders have booked their place in the NICL finals series next month with a nine-run win over Bobo’s Diner (Frankston) Sharks in the final of the Victoria East Division Men’s final last night at Croydon Indoor Sports Centre. It ensured the Raiders outfit remained unbeaten all season on their way to their first NICL State title.

The Raiders piled up 117 in their 16 overs batting first, with all their batsmen making contributions across their innings. The Sharks were chasing the game after that, and despite 47 in the final pair by Lance McDougall and Jake Adamson, it wasn’t enough for Frankston to deter the Raiders’ charge to the title.

Flawless batting effort sets up final win

They say if you don’t lose a wicket in your skin, more often than not you’ll make a good pair. This certainly rang true for the Raiders, who batted through their whole innings without dropping a wicket, a significant effort, let alone in a match with the pressure of a final hanging over it. Every pair made 27 or more, and every batsman contributed which was telling; Andrew Keane top scoring with 20 in the final pair. Apart from Kieran Perkins who made 16, every other batsman made between 13-14 runs.

The Sharks bowlers didn’t help themselves either, their discipline letting them down, conceding 26 runs in extras. They certainly had their chances, as six third-ball plays and 31 dot-balls will attest to, but they could not convert any of their opportunities.

The Perkins’ brothers, Justin and Kieran, started Croydon off the way they frequently do, with 29 to set the tone for the match. Travis Baker and Kris Krowlikowski then backed it up with 27, while Chris Pahi and Benn Zomer then consolidated with 28 to have the Raiders sitting on 84 after 12 overs and the pressure on the Sharks. Keane, who was best on ground, and Mark Appleby then applied the finishing touches with 33 in the last pair, including 20 off the last two overs carrying Croydon to an imposing 117. Lots of high percentage shots were played; 18 runs were scored in threes, and the rest in twos, ones or extras.

Sharks fall short in massive chase

The target of 118 was always going to be tough, with an asking rate of 7.50 per over, especially in a final where each pair had to keep pace in order to give the latter pairs a chance.

Three third-ball plays and enough pressure brought a wicket in the final over of the first pair as Rod Bird and Jarrod Munday started off with 22. Justin Perkins took a wicket in the first over of the second pair, which proved to be the decisive skin. Keane chipped in with one for himself as Jai Elcock and Luke Dinger could only manage 14. It left 82 to score off the last eight overs from the final two pairs. Despite some late hitting in the final over in the third pair, Cam Dinger and Jarrod Armitage scored 25, which left McDougall and Jake Adamson an improbable 57 to win the match. They gave it their best shot, striking 30 runs off the last two overs, but in the end they simply had too much to do. Croydon were a lot more disciplined with their bowling, conceding only eight runs in extras, whilst bowling 25 dot-balls and generating eight third ball plays, quite a number in a steep chase.

In the end it was the Raiders who ran out as the deserved victors, and move on to Adelaide for the finals series next month.

Victoria East Division: Teams vie for ticket to Adelaide

It’s finals week in the NICL Victoria leagues, with the Men’s and Women’s teams battling it out to be State Divisional Club Champions, share in the prize, and book their trip to Adelaide next month to take on the best of the rest in the NICL finals series.

Be sure to tune in to the Women’s final on the Cricket Australia Indoor Facebook Livestream from 6pm on Sunday.

NICL Men’s

Croydon Raiders vs Bobo’s Diner (Frankston) Sharks, Friday 10 August, 7.30pm, Croydon Indoor Sports
Croydon Raiders are favourites to win their second straight NICL title and head to the finals series, when they host Bobo’s Diner (Frankston) Sharks at Croydon Indoor Sports this Friday night, in a repeat of last year’s final.

As Victoria is not the host state this year, only the winner of the grand final will play in the finals series, compared to last year when both teams played in the main draw.

Head to Head – Current season results:

  • May 2018 – Raiders 83 (3) def. Sharks 17 (1) at Croydon Indoor Sports (Livestream)
  • June 2018 – Sharks 107 (2) tied with Raiders 107 (2) at Springvale Indoor Sports
  • July 2018 – Raiders 107 (3) def. Sharks 69 (1) at Croydon Indoor Sports

Raiders

The Raiders would have good reason to be confident. They have been the dominant team in the league yet again and are unbeaten this season, having won 11 out of their 12 round-robin fixtures. The only blemish was a thrilling 107-all draw with their grand final opponents back in June. All up, they have won 38 of a possible 48 skins this season, for a conversion rate of 79% (the Sharks next best on 71%). Deservedly, they went straight through to the final.

Victorian captain Justin Perkins has played just the five games this season but has taken an impressive 12 wickets and scored 65 runs for the highest net game average of +15. Posing as much of a threat is his teammate Travis Baker, who has scored 130 runs in eight games and taken 10 wickets, to be just behind him on +13.50. Both experienced campaigners at state and international level, they could certainly have an impact in the final. Perkins’ brother Kieran is averaging 14 runs per game over his 10 games this season, and the brothers will look to get the Raiders off to a good start as they so often have in the first pair.

Sharks

The Sharks dropped a tight match to Cranbourne Kings earlier in the season but got back on track and kept pace in the top three. They won eight of their 12 matches to finish second in the round-robin stage and set up a preliminary semi-final against the third-placed Kings. The triumphed with a resounding 106 (3) – 49 (1) win in the semi-final played at Croydon last week, with their efforts in the field in the first innings setting up the victory and a place in the final.

The Sharks will look positively at the fact that the majority of their likely grand final side have played the majority of games this season, having used 12 players in all. Jake Adamson leads the season’s wicket tally with 21, whilst Cam and Luke Dinger are both towards the top of the run charts, having each scored over 160 runs. Cam Dinger has also taken 18 wickets for a net game average of +11 (6th), whilst Jarrod Munday has scored 136 runs in 12 games and taken 12 wickets for a net game average of 13 (4th).

NICL Women’s

Monash Tigers vs Cranbourne Kings, Sunday 12 August, 6pm, Hoppers Crossing Indoor Sports (Cricket Australia Indoor Facebook Livestream)

In the Women’s final, the Monash Tigers will also be favourites in their clash against the Cranbourne Kings this Sunday evening at Hoppers Crossing Indoor Sports. The Kings booked their place in the final, surprising the Springvale Seahawks in the preliminary final at Northcote last Saturday. They prevailed by 79 (1) – 76 (3) in a tight three-run win despite only having seven players.

Head to Head – Current season results:

  • May 2018 – Kings 79 (3) lost to Tigers 106 (1) at Croydon Indoor Sports
  • May 2018 – Tigers 132 (4) def. Kings 68 (0) at Springvale Indoor Sports
  • June 2018 – Kings 74 (1) lost to Tigers 143 (3) at Cranbourne Indoor Sports

Tigers

The Tigers have been the dominant team of the season, and they will want to go on, finish the job and take the title on their first step to Nationals. The squad has been there before and will know what it takes – the same team is represented in the Victorian Under-14 Girls side, who won their third consecutive national title in Toowoomba last month. They are also well-coached by Janet Finn, Victorian State Junior Co-Ordinator, who has done a great job with the Under-14s.

The three-stage round-robin format has seen them win eight out their nine matches, taking 27 out of a possible 36 skins (75% conversion). They have scored an average of 123 per match (where anything over 100 is generally a winning score) and conceding an average of 66 in the field. That equates to a net positive average of 57 per match, which is massive in context. Their only loss this season came back in June against the Seahawks.

The Tigers’ dominance in the division this year is certainly reflected in the numbers – with nine out of the top ten net average scores per game populated by the yellow and blacks (minimum of five games). Rhys McKenna’s net average score per game of +13 leads the way, with her 8/12 off 10 overs from five games being the highlight. Madeleine White has had a great all-round season, scoring 108 runs and taking 13 wickets in her seven matches (net average of +13), while her teammate Ashling O’Farrell has been just as consistent, with 97 runs and 12 wickets in six games (+12 average). Erin Carroll and Annecy Homberg are both high up on the run charts with 146 and 128 runs respectively. In short, it adds up to an excellent team unit.

Kings

The Kings haven’t gotten close to the Tigers in their three encounters, though they did take three skins off them in their first match back in May. Despite getting an early season win against the Seahawks, they also gave Northcote Pirates their only victory of the season. However, they got themselves into contention by finishing third and upset the more fancied Springvale side. They’ve been averaging around two skins a game (17 from nine games). They will look to play to their partnerships and contain Monash in the field in order to avoid chasing or conceding an improbable total out of their reach.

Cherie Hallett has led the way for the Kings, chalking up 132 runs in eight games at an impressive average of 17, while her six wickets have brought a net average of +5. Victorian representative Keely Pace has also scored over 100 runs in her nine games, whilst her 13 wickets will be a key part of the Kings’ bowling attack. Hallett and Victorian representative Nat Taylor will lead the way with the batting; Taylor having amassed 143 runs herself in all ten of the Kings’ games this season, whilst also chipping in with 10 wickets. The run rate in the field will just be the key for them against a formidable Tigers’ batting line-up.

Victoria West Women’s Division: Raiders and Kings battle it out in grand final

Top qualifier Croydon Raiders will play off against last year’s NICL champions Cranbourne Kings this Sunday night at Hoppers Crossing Indoor Sports, with the winner booking their place in the NICL finals series in Adelaide next month.

The Raiders have been the form side of the competition, notching up six wins from their eight matches, and have just dropped one game, to their grand final opponents. Meanwhile, the Kings have maintained a hold on second position, comfortably defeating the EMP Bombers in the major semi-final last week by 48 runs to set up the grand final showdown. They are the second Kings side in a Women’s final, with their counterparts also making the Women’s East division grand final.

Head to head – Current season games:

  • May 2018 – Raiders 103 (3) def. Kings 59 (1) at Northcote Indoor Sports
  • July 2018 – Raiders 99 (1) lost to Kings 120 (3) at Cranbourne Indoor Sports

Raiders

The Raiders will be aiming for their first NICL finals series, after missing year, and they are in a good position to get there.

They have averaged 87 per game with the bat (65% skin conversion), whilst conceding 55 with the ball. Adelaide Campion, who came across from the former Springvale Scorpions to the Raiders this season, has starred with the ball as she has done for Victoria, taking 16 wickets for 33 runs off 14 overs (seven games), at the miserly economy of 2.30 per over. Her 92 runs at an average of 13 have scored her a net average score of +8. Jess Adams has also been among the wickets, taking 14 wickets, and to go along with her 87 runs, a net average of +9.

There is a lot of representative experience in the squad, and batting depth to go with it. Laura Shaw, Victoria and Australian representative, has scored 102 runs in six games at an average of 17, whilst Elly Donald and Amy Jennings have both made 100 runs this season as well. The Raiders will back themselves to contain the Kings in the field if they put up enough runs.

Kings

The Kings hit form last week with their win over the Bombers and will want to continue this form into the final against the Raiders, a team they have a 1-1 record against this season. They have converted 50% of their skins this season, which is more of an indication of their performance in the field, where they conceded an average of 92 runs per game.

But their batting has notched up 821 runs in eight games at an average of 102, and that will be where they need to be at their best, if they are to match it with the Raiders side. They have the power to do it as well, with Victorian player Danielle Montague having scored 72 runs in five games at an average of over 14 (net average +8). Fellow Victorian teammate Maddie Wright has had a good all-round season as well, scoring 104 runs and taking 10 wickets while Michelle Lewtas has had similar showings, scoring 105 runs and taking nine wickets (+7 net averages). Donna Jones and Aimee Melford have both notched up over 100 runs, so the run-rate for the Kings will be a focus.

Victoria East Division: Teams vie for ticket to Adelaide

It’s finals week in the NICL Victoria leagues, with the Men’s and Women’s teams battling it out to be State Divisional Club Champions, share in the prize, and book their trip to Adelaide next month to take on the best of the rest in the NICL finals series.

Be sure to tune in to the Women’s final on the Cricket Australia Indoor Facebook Livestream from 6pm on Sunday.

NICL Men’s

Croydon Raiders vs Bobo’s Diner (Frankston) Sharks, Friday 10 August, 7.30pm, Croydon Indoor Sports

Croydon Raiders are favourites to win their second straight NICL title and head to the finals series, when they host Bobo’s Diner (Frankston) Sharks at Croydon Indoor Sports this Friday night, in a repeat of last year’s final.

As Victoria is not the host state this year, only the winner of the grand final will play in the finals series, compared to last year when both teams played in the main draw.

Head to Head – Current season results:

  • May 2018 – Raiders 83 (3) def. Sharks 17 (1) at Croydon Indoor Sports (Livestream)
  • June 2018 – Sharks 107 (2) tied with Raiders 107 (2) at Springvale Indoor Sports
  • July 2018 – Raiders 107 (3) def. Sharks 69 (1) at Croydon Indoor Sports

Raiders

The Raiders would have good reason to be confident. They have been the dominant team in the league yet again and are unbeaten this season, having won 11 out of their 12 round-robin fixtures. The only blemish was a thrilling 107-all draw with their grand final opponents back in June. All up, they have won 38 of a possible 48 skins this season, for a conversion rate of 79% (the Sharks next best on 71%). Deservedly, they went straight through to the final.

Victorian captain Justin Perkins has played just the five games this season but has taken an impressive 12 wickets and scored 65 runs for the highest net game average of +15. Posing as much of a threat is his teammate Travis Baker, who has scored 130 runs in eight games and taken 10 wickets, to be just behind him on +13.50. Both experienced campaigners at state and international level, they could certainly have an impact in the final. Perkins’ brother Kieran is averaging 14 runs per game over his 10 games this season, and the brothers will look to get the Raiders off to a good start as they so often have in the first pair.

Sharks

The Sharks dropped a tight match to Cranbourne Kings earlier in the season but got back on track and kept pace in the top three. They won eight of their 12 matches to finish second in the round-robin stage and set up a preliminary semi-final against the third-placed Kings. The triumphed with a resounding 106 (3) – 49 (1) win in the semi-final played at Croydon last week, with their efforts in the field in the first innings setting up the victory and a place in the final.

The Sharks will look positively at the fact that the majority of their likely grand final side have played the majority of games this season, having used 12 players in all. Jake Adamson leads the season’s wicket tally with 21, whilst Cam and Luke Dinger are both towards the top of the run charts, having each scored over 160 runs. Cam Dinger has also taken 18 wickets for a net game average of +11 (6th), whilst Jarrod Munday has scored 136 runs in 12 games and taken 12 wickets for a net game average of 13 (4th).

NICL Women’s

Monash Tigers vs Cranbourne Kings, Sunday 12 August, 6pm, Hoppers Crossing Indoor Sports (Cricket Australia Indoor Facebook Livestream)

In the Women’s final, the Monash Tigers will also be favourites in their clash against the Cranbourne Kings this Sunday evening at Hoppers Crossing Indoor Sports. The Kings booked their place in the final, surprising the Springvale Seahawks in the preliminary final at Northcote last Saturday. They prevailed by 79 (1) – 76 (3) in a tight three-run win despite only having seven players.

Head to Head – Current season results:

  • May 2018 – Kings 79 (3) lost to Tigers 106 (1) at Croydon Indoor Sports
  • May 2018 – Tigers 132 (4) def. Kings 68 (0) at Springvale Indoor Sports
  • June 2018 – Kings 74 (1) lost to Tigers 143 (3) at Cranbourne Indoor Sports

Tigers

The Tigers have been the dominant team of the season, and they will want to go on, finish the job and take the title on their first step to Nationals. The squad has been there before and will know what it takes – the same team is represented in the Victorian Under-14 Girls side, who won their third consecutive national title in Toowoomba last month. They are also well-coached by Janet Finn, Victorian State Junior Co-Ordinator, who has done a great job with the Under-14s.

The three-stage round-robin format has seen them win eight out their nine matches, taking 27 out of a possible 36 skins (75% conversion). They have scored an average of 123 per match (where anything over 100 is generally a winning score) and conceding an average of 66 in the field. That equates to a net positive average of 57 per match, which is massive in context. Their only loss this season came back in June against the Seahawks.

The Tigers’ dominance in the division this year is certainly reflected in the numbers – with nine out of the top ten net average scores per game populated by the yellow and blacks (minimum of five games). Rhys McKenna’s net average score per game of +13 leads the way, with her 8/12 off 10 overs from five games being the highlight. Madeleine White has had a great all-round season, scoring 108 runs and taking 13 wickets in her seven matches (net average of +13), while her teammate Ashling O’Farrell has been just as consistent, with 97 runs and 12 wickets in six games (+12 average). Erin Carroll and Annecy Homberg are both high up on the run charts with 146 and 128 runs respectively. In short, it adds up to an excellent team unit.

Kings

The Kings haven’t gotten close to the Tigers in their three encounters, though they did take three skins off them in their first match back in May. Despite getting an early season win against the Seahawks, they also gave Northcote Pirates their only victory of the season. However, they got themselves into contention by finishing third and upset the more fancied Springvale side. They’ve been averaging around two skins a game (17 from nine games). They will look to play to their partnerships and contain Monash in the field in order to avoid chasing or conceding an improbable total out of their reach.

Cherie Hallett has led the way for the Kings, chalking up 132 runs in eight games at an impressive average of 17, while her six wickets have brought a net average of +5. Victorian representative Keely Pace has also scored over 100 runs in her nine games, whilst her 13 wickets will be a key part of the Kings’ bowling attack. Hallett and Victorian representative Nat Taylor will lead the way with the batting; Taylor having amassed 143 runs herself in all ten of the Kings’ games this season, whilst also chipping in with 10 wickets. The run rate in the field will just be the key for them against a formidable Tigers’ batting line-up.