After five days of outstanding talent on display, the Australian Indoor Cricket Junior Championships has now reached the Finals stage.
In the U13 boys competition, Victoria remains undefeated thanks to strong performances from Josh Paterson, who claimed outstanding figures of 4/-10 against NSW to earn a player of the match award (15 wickets and 78 runs for the tournament) and Ryan Peter-Budge (161 runs, 11 wickets). Standout Queenslander Nathan Carroll has been dynamic with 181 runs at an unbelievable strike rate of 198.9.
The U15 boys competition has been dominated by the two NSW sides, with the NSW Cyclones currently sitting in first place, just ahead of the NSW Blues in second. 2012 Australian Junior representative Bailey Dickinson has had a fantastic Championship with 183 runs. Other notable performers include Adrian Lascu of South East Queensland (175 runs, 13 wickets) and Connor Dudley of South Australia (109 runs, 16 wickets).
In the U17 boys tournament Western Australia lead Victoria (2nd) and Queensland (3rd). Tobias Keast of Victoria has been in excellent form (163 Runs, 16 Wickets) as has Alexander Floros (135 runs, 11 wickets).
Queensland is currently top of the ladder in the U17 girls tournament, ahead of the NSW Cyclones and South Australia. Amanda Wellington remains the dominant player with 162 runs and 19 wickets (more wickets than other player in the Championships). Queensland’s Blayne Gibbs (153 runs, 13 wickets) and Samantha Dixon (131 runs, 15 wickets) have been fantastic, as has NSW Cyclones all-rounder Carly Leeson (162 runs, 8 wickets).
Following today’s Semi-finals and Preliminary finals, the Grand Final day will be held tomorrow (Saturday 6th July) from 9.30am at the magnificent Sportsworld Liverpool. This is a fantastic opportunity to see some of the nation’s best young cricketers in action.
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First Posted 05 July, 2013 10:00AM AEST