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Sweet number six NEW South Wales have made it six straight Women’s State and Territory Imparja Cup wins with a 46-run win against the Invitational XI at Traeger Park on Saturday. Roxsanne Van Veen was the unanimous choice for Player of the Match after she smashed 64 from just 45 deliveries as NSW set the competition newcomers 135 for victory. NSW captain Julie Muir said her side just knows how to win the big games. ‘‘This is just like Christmas, it comes around every year,’’ Muir said. ‘‘We got off to a good start with the bat and that really put us in a good position in the game.’’

Dale Fletcher Van Veen and Nicole Honeysett (27 from 36 balls) guided the NSW innings beautifully, combining for a 78-run third wicket partnership. ‘‘I thought a good target would be around 125 but we ended up with a fairly good target,’’ Muir said. ‘‘But Roxsanne was seeing them like a beach ball. She has great hand-eye co-ordination and she has a lot of toe in that bat of hers.’’

With runs on the board, the Invitational XI were always going to find the chase tough against the defending champions, but run-outs cost the side badly. Kareena Jacobson-Logan fell in the first over from a brilliant piece of fielding from Samantha Hinton. When Anita Silva (8) was trapped leg before by Ashley Gardner in the sixth over, the Invitational side was struggling at just 2-19. More run-outs followed, three in total, including the prized scalp of captain Sally Moylan (23) to make the score 5-41, and the Invitationals never recovered. Some cameo late hitting from Amanda Silva (23 from 35

balls) and Jacinta GoodgerChandler (20 runs from 15 balls) saw the Invitational side finish on 6/88 after their 20 overs. ‘‘We really pride ourselves in the field and we showed that today,’’ Muir said. Gardner (1-20 off four overs), Veronica Gordon (1-10 from four overs) and Jemma Astley (1-12 from three overs) shared the rest of the dismissals. Muir said the side will continue to get stronger in the years to come. ‘‘There are a lot of younger girls ready and waiting to come and take the spots from us older girls,’’ she said. ‘‘That will only make the side that much tougher to beat.’’

Worrin Williams Queensland captain

The defending champions were looking at a run chase of more than 175 but pulled the reins in during the late overs, led by captain Cook (1/20 off four overs). 2012 Man of the Match Pat Rosser was targeted by the Queensland batting line-up, with 46 runs taken off his four overs. Rosser’s horror night continued when he was clean bowled in the very first over by Queens-

Just the Sort of result hoped for Dale Fletcher AL L S O RTS hav e finally tasted the ultimate success with a sixrun triumph in the Community Men’s Imparja Cup final at Traeger Park on Saturday. It was the first time players from the All Sorts have won the final and Greg Drew said the team was thrilled with the win. ‘‘It got really close there in the end, but the boys held their nerve well,’’ Drew said. Drew was particularly impressed with Ben and Aaron Kopp, who turned the match on its head with two late wickets each. ‘‘Those boys really did bowl well at the death and it got us home,’’ Drew said. ‘‘Some of these boys have been in finals before and haven’t won, so to get this one is great.’’

All Sorts celebrate their Community Men’s title win on Saturday Picture: DALE FLETCHER Defending a run-aball 85 to win the title, the All Sorts struggled to keep the Kalano Crocs from scoring freely in the opening overs of the run chase. The Crocs were cruising to victory and were 0/46 in the seventh over before the All Sorts came storming back.

All Sorts, with the Kopps firing, took five quick wickets as the Crocs slumped to 5/65 in the 13th over. Needing 16 from the final over after being in front of the run rate for most of the chase, the Crocs had one last chance to snatch victory, needing a super

eight off of the final ball, but it wasn’t to be. ‘‘We will celebrate this win well, it has been a long time coming,’’ Drew said. The All Sorts peaked at the right time of the week, after losing their first match against Tiwi Islands Japarrika on Tuesday. ‘‘We didn’t start all that well, but we ended the week pretty good,’’ Drew said. In the Major Centres decider, Darwin made it back-to-back victories with a 93-run win against Maranoa Murries. Darwin captain Jarred Franey was ecstatic with the win. ‘‘We showed today what we are made of,’’ he said. Darwin smashed 2/179 off their 20 overs with Colin Lamont the star with the bat, clubbing an unbeaten

98 off just 69 deliveries. Lamont was well supported by Aaron Hill, who made 58 from 51 balls and was part of a 154-run opening stand. Hill then set the tone with the ball for Darwin, removing Tulsa M ailman with the second delivery of the run chase. His speed and accuracy was far too good for the Queenslandbased side, who returned after missing last year’s event due to Cyclone Yasi. Quick early wickets haunted the Murries’ run chase, and they crashed to 8/40 at one stage before a final wicket stand saw Maranoa reach 86 in the 16th over. Peter Franey finished with 3/11, while Hill added 2/12 and Shane Franey 2/10 before taking over behind the stumps.

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We were starting to get bogged down and Johnny came out and started clearing buildings with his bat

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New South Wales captain Julie Muir (with trophy) and her teammates celebrate their women’s 2013 Imparja Cup win

Worrin Williams land’s Man of the Match hero Ashley Renouf (3/19 from four overs). Williams said the late hitting from John Hay (31 from 19 balls) and the early spell from Renouf regained his side the momentum in the match. ‘‘We were starting to get bogged down and Johnny came out and started clearing buildings with his bat,’’ he said. ‘‘And for Alex to snare Rosser in the first over was a huge wicket.’’ Williams was happy to bat first and knew chasing under lights would have been tough. ‘‘I’m just glad Jeff (Cook) won the toss because I didn’t know what to do,’’ he said. New South Wales was always behind the run rate and lost consistent wickets throughout. Duruox played a lone hand with the bat, scoring an unbeaten 43 from the top of the order. Glenn Martin chipped in with two wickets (2/17 from four overs) and Williams was proud of the effort. ‘‘The boys were great out there and we just didn’t want to give the New South Wales guys anything,’’ he said.

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■ From Page 28 ‘‘That was the plan we set out to do and Bradley (Stout) and myself got it right tonight,’’ he said. ‘‘Stouty just did his thing and I was just out there for support.’’ Duroux was in the action again just three balls later, removing Stout for a swashbuckling 46 from 32 deliveries, including smashing four sixes and two boundaries. ‘‘We finally got off to the start we were looking for and it was in the final, which was nice,’’ he said. With Queensland on top, NSW captain Jeff Cook was forced to change his attack regularly, using eight bowlers throughout the 20 overs.

Statistics for the month of February Average daily max temp: 35.0C Average daily min temp: 20.7C Record highest temp: 44.7C on 2/2/1998 Record lowest temp: 8.5 on 24/2/1949 Average monthly rainfall: 38.8mm Highest monthly rainfall: 241.6 in 2000 Rainfall this month: 10mm Total rainfall last month: 23.6mm Total rainfall this year: 33.6mm Total rainfall last year: 209.4mm Record annual rainfall: 782.5 in 1974 Sunrise: 6.28am Sunset: 7.06pm Outlook issued by the Bureau of Meteorology for Tuesday: Partly cloudy. Forecast: Tue 26: 39(23) Wed 27: 35(23) Thu 28: 34(22) Fri 29: 33(19)

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The NSW women make it six in a row at Imparja Cup  

February 23rd NSW 3/134 Van - Veen 64, Honseysett 27NO Def Women's Invitational XI Silva 23, Moylan 23

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