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Aussies take out all 4 divisional titles at the WICF World Cup!!
Date of Event : Thu Oct 30, 2014 12:00PM

 Paul Milo, Cricket Australia's Indoor Cricket Manager, recaps Grand Final day at the WICF Open World Cup in Wellington.
 
With Australia winning 42 of a possible 44 matches across all 4 divisions at the WICF World Cup (& easily taking out all 4 titles), the Aussies have re-stamped their place at the top of the Indoor Cricket World. Competing against New Zealand, South Africa, England, India, Wales & Singapore, in the end Australia took on NZ in each of the 4 finals to be held at Hutt Indoor Sports in Wellington, NZ.
 
UNDER-20 GIRLS
The girls final had all the hallmarks of an epic encounter, with Australia taking on a New Zealand side they had lost to twice in the preliminary rounds by a combined total of four runs.
 Batting first, the Australians started positively with S.Dixon/Hayes putting on 32 before Nagle/Oates added 40 to steer the Aussies to 72 at the halfway mark.
 Skipper Lascu and youngster Leeson then overcame a nervous start to rack up 48 and lift Australia to a commanding score of 120 with four overs to bowl.
 M.Dixon and Edgar finished off the innings strongly with 30 to see Australia post 150.
 The Aussie bowlers struggled to keep the Kiwis quiet early, with 44 runs added off the first four overs.
 The second pair managed another 37 runs as the home side reached 81 after eight overs.
 New Zealand appeared to be building a platform for late charge with scores of six and seven coming from the Hayses and Dixon overs, but Edgar and Lascu had other ideas, restricting the Kiwis to just 12 runs from the next 12 balls.
 Oates then collected two wickets in the 13th over to drop the New Zealand score back to 98.
 After chancing their arm against Edgar, Leeson’s 15th over brought about three wickets and finally put the game out the reach – New Zealand’s final total of 110 not enough to deny Australia another World Championship.
 Carly Leeson (NSW) was the stand-out performer of the Grand Final making 31 (strike-rate of 258) and taking 3 wickets from her 2 overs (conceeding a net of just 5 runs). Aussie skipper Alex Lascu (Queensland) lead all comers at the tournament in the Under 20 girls division with an amazing record of 185 runs (strike rate of 141) and 13 wickets from her 16 overs across the 8 games that Alex played.
 Final result: Australia 153 d NZ 111
 
 
UNDER-20 BOYS
The Aussies batted first and started sensationally thanks to a massive partnership of 57 from the pairing of Jamie Diener/ Ryan Dowse, which put the visitors in a strong position after just four overs.
 The Aussie boys then followed up with scores of 31 from both Burrowes/Keys and Copper/Taylor before Schubert/Oakley put on 41 to steer Australia to a massive total of 160. All players managed to contribute a personal tally of at least 14 in a very even performance across the board.
 The Kiwis were up to the required rate of scoring after the first four overs, with the opening pair putting on 39.
 But thanks in particular to  thenegative scoring overs bowled by Ben Cooper, Matthew Schubert, Ryan Dowse and Wade Burrowes, the remaining three pairings managed just 46 between them to secure a 75-run win for the Aussie boys.
 The partnership of Jamie Diener (South Aust) and Ryan Dowse (Qld) was the catalyst for the Grand Final win and both boys captured wickets 
 Ryan Dowse lead the stats for the tournament in the Under 20 division with 100 runs (strike rate of 121) and 13 wickets for a net 36 runs conceeded.
 Final result: Australia 160 d NZ 84
 
 
LADIES
Playing against New Zealand, Australia's legendary skipper Jude Coleman and the in-form Ash Doble were the first pair sent out by coach Donna Dalby and they responded with 29 after just four from the first over.
Nicole Martin / Claire Koski then matched them with 29 of their own (despite 2 wickets in their last over) before Briony Polkinghorne / Dulane Carson added 24 to have the Aussies 82 after 12 overs.
 The partnership of Neisha Iles / Wendy Kemp then took to the Kiwi attack in the final overs, blasting overs of 10, 20, 10 & 9 (49) to propel the Aussies to a great total of 131.
 NZ got off to a flyer with 13 off the first however 2 negative overs in a row from Iles (-2) and Carson (-6), helped the Aussie to regain the upper-hand. More pressure from the Aussies through wickets in each of the next 4 overs saw NZ to 27 after just 7 and could never recover from this stage as the Aussies proved why they're the best team in the world with a brilliant bowling and fielding display.
 New Zealand could only manage pair scores of 17, 18, 4 and 22 as the Aussies won by 70 runs to extend their unbeaten World Cup streak that stretches back to 1998.
 Wendy Kemp (Qld) was fantatic in the final through firstly pairing with Neisha Iles for the match winning partnership of 49 - including her own 27 (strike rate of 168) and then taking 2 wickets for a net of only 6 runs from her two overs.
 Ash Doble (Qld) easily took out the Ladies Player of the Series with an ultra consistant display through the week - adding 138 runs (strike rate of 122) and taking an amazing 19 wickets and conceeding just a net of 7 runs.

Final result: Australia 131 d NZ 61
 
 
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