Western Australia’s best Aboriginal players finished third in their divisions at the 2018 National Indigenous Cricket Championships in Alice Springs earlier this year.
The women’s team qualified for a semi-final for the first time in their history and won their third place play-off game against Victoria.
It’s also the first time WA has beaten the Vics!
Australia’s most talented Indigenous cricketers competed for national titles, with the tournament providing an opportunity for up-and-coming and experienced players to put their hand up for selection for the National Indigenous squads.
“It was a trying week with the heat in Alice Springs and the players prepared themselves well for each game,” WACA Aboriginal Programs Coordinator Larry Kickett said. “The player conduct on and off the field was exemplary and they were rewarded for the work they all put in.”
Emily Bowden, Kavita Pepper, Regina Deleeuw and Samara Williams were standouts for the women’s team, while Michael Bailey, Josh Bailey, Rhia-Arn Cox, Bevan Bennell and Dane Ugle were commended for their performances for the men’s team.
Following their strong performances during the championships, Bevan Bennell and Samara Williams were selected for the national squad that will be whittled down to form the Black Caps side that will tour the UK later in the year.
“The girls did a fantastic job representing themselves, their communities and Western Australian cricket during the championships,” women’s coach Alan Singer said. “It’s been great to see them improve over the last couple of years and now we are watching them play a really exciting brand of cricket.”
WA men’s coach Job Van Bunge said the program had developed well and held great promise for future years.
“The male team played some really exciting cricket during the week and the talent in the playing group is undeniable,” he said. “We’re looking forward to further developing both the male and female programs going forward and continuing to provide opportunities for our most talented Aboriginal players.”