The Northern Territory news Mon 15 Feb 2016
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MONDAY FEBRUARY 15 2016 SPORT 33 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA final dress rehearsal and has not passed 26 in his past five digs but will carry much of his sides hopes with the bat. Queensland have not won the title in Central Australia since 2013 and were beaten in last years decider by WA. As a NSW batsman, Jeff Cooke plays a shot against Queensland in a 2011 Imparja Cup match and is coaching the Blueys today NT keeper Lauren Taylor is caught in a bear hug as the local side celebrates a wicket in Fridays win in the National Indigenous Cricket Championships. The NT is now in the final Picture: JUSTIN KENNEDY Mighty Moylan leads NT women on to final A HEROIC unbeaten half century by Northern Territory opener Sally Moylan has steered the home side into todays womens final of the inaugural National Indigenous Cricket Championships. NT, needing to win against Victoria in the final preliminary round match, bowled first at Albrecht Oval. The final will be played at 10am today at Traeger Park. Victorian mother and daughter openers Fiona and Merinda Hale got Victoria off to a promising start, putting on 54-run first wicket stand. Showing great family unity, the pair both eventually dismissed for 22 as Victoria posted a solid 3-109. Moylan (1-12) and captain Kelea Lovell (1-8) bowled superbly for NT. A total of 110 runs stood between NT and a place in the final against NSW. Moylan and Lovell, opening the batting for the home side, flourished from the outset, lifting NT to 49 before Lovell was clean bowled by Molly Ward. One ball later, Ward disrupted the stumps of Lauren Taylor, boosting Victorias chances of filling the vacant spot in the final. The loss of two consecutive wickets didnt impede Moy lans charge. The former ACT Meteor continued at a run a ball, almost single-handedly pushing NT to a winning total of 3-110 in the 17th over and sealing their place in the final. Moylan remained unbeaten on 62 from 55 balls. Ward finished with 2-14, combining well with Jess Martin (1-7). In the mornings other match, NSW cruised to a ninewicket win against an inexperienced Queensland side. Batting first, Queensland battled bravely against the potent NSW bowling line-up, with Tamika Hansen scoring 24. Roxanne Van-Veen ripped through the Queensland top order, dismissing the top three batters to finish with 3-18. Captain Julie Muir (1-5) and Nicole Squires (2-12) backed up Van-Veens devastating spell. NSW promoted Sara Darney to the top of their order in place of swashbuckling Samantha Gordon. Darney (22) and fulltime opener Ashleigh Gardner (22 not out) put on 50 for the first wicket. The unstoppable NSW outfit reached the winning total of 67 after just six overs and the loss of one wicket. Centralians celebrating triumph on home field ON their home deck on Saturday afternoon, Alice Springs defeated Darwin to take out the Major Centres Division of the 2016 Imparja Cup. The Centralian side batted first and posted 7-134 before bowling restricting the Top Enders to 9-124 in reply. Daniel Fett of the Darwin team that was defeated in the final was awarded the 2016 Major Centres Most Valuable Player as well as being selected in the 2016 Major Centres Team of the Year. Fett was joined in the Team of the Year by Troy Gillett (Tennant Creek), Joshua Johnny (Darwin), Nigel Lockyer (Alkupitja), Greg Louis (All Sorts), Kenny Maxwell (Katherine Crocs), Hamish McDonald (Alice Springs), Dillon Measures (Alice Springs), Kenny Presley (Alkupitja), David Trindle (Katherine Crocs) and Alan Watkins (All Sorts). In the Community Men Division, Reclink Rebels continued their strong form of past years as they won the crown. In the decider, the Rebels made 3-130 before dismissing the Rainbow Valley Stars for just 4-87. Although they won the division, the Reclink Rebels only had one player in the Team of the Year in Alex Wilkins. Wilkins was joined by Kyrell Baron (Clontarf Blazers), Jahkiem Holtze-Furber (Clontarf Eagles), Eric Williams (Nywente Eagles), Lazarus Jones (Kulumindini Strikers), Hayden Hector (Timber Creek Dingoes), Matthias Liddy (Anmatjere), Daniel Buckskin (4 Corners), Stephen Trindle (Tangentyere Legends), Ryan Woods (ASCC Eagles) and John Taylor (Rainbow Valley Stars). Ryan Woods was also handed the Community Men Most Valuable Player Award. Another annual strong performer at the Imparja Cup, Bush Potatoes, won the Community Women Division. They held Alice Bush Grubs to 6-64 in the final before passing the total unbeaten. Sarah Roberts from Bush Grubs was the Community Women Most Valuable Player. Aldam sees NSW depth as tall order for Queensland NEW South Wales playing depth will lead them to their first title in Central Australia since 2012 this afternoon, according to Northern Territory coach Greg Aldam. The Blueys of NSW are set to face Queensland this afternoon in the National Indigenous Cricket Championships final at Traeger Park from 2.30pm. The Territory beat Queensland earlier in the week and after a week of watching the first NICC, formerly the Imparja Cup, Aldam believes the Blueys are the team to beat. New South Wales is a qual ity team led by NT Strike allrounder Nathan Price, Aldam told the NT News. They are the standout team but Queensland have a couple of good bats and one decent bowler. I think New South Wales are a step above Queensland and Victoria as well. Cricket is a funny game and it can change pretty quickly but I think New South Wales will be a bit strong. The Blueys have not won a title in Central Australia since they went back-to-back in 2012-11 while Queensland fell in the decider to the Sandgropers last year. Aldam reeled off the Blueys depth including Brendan Smith, Price, Damien Duroux, Ben Patterson and Brett Russell as the key to their chances this afternoon. Queensland will reply on one or two fellas where New South Wales have got four or five blokes that they can rely on, he said. Depth is everything and especially in finals, it can really win you games of cricket. I think New South Wales have that advantage over Queensland. JORDAN GERRANS Northern Territory coach Greg Aldam (centre) is tipping NSW to win todays National Indigenous Cricket Championship final Experience key for Blueys in todays decider JEFF Cooke knows what it takes to win an Imparja Cup as a captain. He will attempt to add the first National Indigenous Cricket Championships crown as a coach to his already impressive resume this afternoon when his Blueys take on Queensland in Alice Springs. It has been widely suspected for the last week in Central Australia it would be the Blueys and their northern neighbours in the decider and that is how it falls from 2.30pm at Traeger Park today. The Western Australians and Victorians with their calculators, trying to work the percentages to sneak in to the final, were put to bed early yesterday with the Sandgropers belting the Vics at Jim McConville Oval to end both their chances. Cooke is a regular visitor to the Red Centre and won the Imparja Cup as Blueys skipper in 2012 and 2011. The former Leicestershire, Derbyshire and Northamptonshire cricketer has now taken the reins as Blueys coach. He has led them to an unbeaten tournament so far, beating their opponents in the decider yesterday afternoon in the final round of qualifying. Cooke says yesterdays re sult against the Maroons means little in todays contest to become the inaugural NICC champion I will be honest, as a coach I do not worry about the opposition too much, Cooke told the NT News. If we can do our things, our disciplines and our 1 per cent acts well, then we should be competitive, highly competitive and that is where we sit. We have played some good cricket so far this week but that is in the past now. We have identified a few things we want to get better at. It is another opportunity for our guys to improve as players. Todays decider will include the two outstanding batsmen of the 2016 NICC Blueys skipper Nathan Price and Queenslands top-order star Cameron Trask. The form of Price, the NT Strike and Tracy Village allrounder, has been well noted throughout the past week but Trask has been almost equally as impressive, hitting a ton against Western Australia and then following it up with a 97 against South Australia. Trask, a 2015 Black Cap , failed yesterday in the grand JORDAN GERRANS
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