The teams all relished the opportunity to step onto the beautiful WACA Ground outfield and play the sport they love in front of family, friends and club members.
One of the outstanding features of the ICL is the sportsmanship of the teams and the way the players celebrate each other’s successes.
There was plenty of competitive spirit displayed in the finals, but the enjoyment of the players being out there with their mates took priority.
Sunday was the conclusion of the second season of the ICL and the WACA looks forward to growing the competition over the next few years.
What is the Integrated Cricket League?
- Integrated Cricket League (ICL) is a competition aimed primarily at people with an Intellectual Disability
- Seven teams competed throughout the 2017-18 season and on the Finals Day (Sunday 11th March)
- Five clubs hosted the round matches, with the finals played at the WACA Ground.
- About 75 participants played in a modified cricket format
Coolbinia Blue went into the Final as favourites against a greatly-improved Secret Harbour and lived up to their billing, claiming the ICL title.
Coolbinia was sent in to bat and posted a hefty target off the bats of David Hallows and Brad Turner, while Truin Ellison and Declan Wicks performed well with the ball for Secret Harbour.
Josh Marchese chipped in with some handy bowling for Coolbinia Blue, which helped restrict the score from Secret Harbour, despite a handy knock from Harley Knuckey.
However, Coolbinia was too dominant with the bat and won the game comfortably to be crowned 2017-18 ICL Champions, with the winner’s shield presented by Alcohol.Think Again Western Warriors fast bowler David Moody.
Third Place Playoff
The battle for third place also doubled as the Kardinya Derby, with Kardinya Gold playing off against Kardinya Blue and the rivalry did not disappoint, with Gold winning to snare third place.
Games between these two sides have traditionally been close and the final was no exception.
Andrew Wilson set the pace with the bat for Blue, including one exceptional over of 22 runs, while Trent Fleming and Fillip Ranieri starred with the ball for Gold, netting nine wickets between them.
Kardinya Gold went in to bat with the prospect of chasing down a solid total posted by Blue and batters Jayden Minervini led the charge with the top score.
A consistent team performance with the ball had five Blue players each take a wicket, however, it was not enough for them to secure victory.
Kardinya Gold claimed third place with a 13-run win.
Fifth Place Playoff
To give all the teams an opportunity to play on the WACA Ground, three teams played off in a three-innings match to determine fifth.
Coolbinia Red batted first, facing up to the youngest team in the competition - Joondalup Kinross.
Daniel Donergan top-scored for Coolbinia, with Joondalup’s bowling bolstered by an exceptional bowling performance from Rebecca Wilkinson (2-2(1)).
The second innings of the match had Coolbinia bowling to Warnbro and delivered plenty of boundaries and dismissals.
Doing the damage with the bat was Jason Weir and, with the ball, was Jason Kappler.
The third innings highlight for Joondalup was the opening partnership between Max Letizia and Jamie Harris.
It was a consistent performance with the ball for Warnbro, however one stand-out was an over from Linsey Reed that netted figures of 2-1.