The Governor's XI earlier this month won its fifth-consecutive President's Trophy, reaching its target of 144 in the final over of a nail biting game against the Lord's Taverners XI at the WACA Ground.
The President's Trophy match is an annual fixture of the WACA’s summer schedule that combines players from a broad cross-section of key cricket stakeholders, the cricket community and the community in general.
The historic event this year celebrated its 27th contest and was attended by Her Excellency the Honourable Kerry Sanderson AO, Governor of Western Australia, as well as WACA President Ken Michael and Lord’s Taverners WA Chairman Murray McGill.
Taverners captain and Alcohol.Think Again Western Warriors rookie Clint Hinchcliffe won the toss and elected to bat, putting on a blazing first-wicket stand with Kishan Ravi (Perth Scorchers Culture Cup/Wembley Districts CC) to get their side off to a strong start, before NCIC Deaf players Tim Regan and Shannon Scarvaci struck in quick succession to remove the openers.
Matt Shenton (Bicton-Attadale CC) of WA's championship-winning Deaf Cricket team top-scored for the Lord's Taverners XI with a composed 43 of 32 balls.
Shenton's performance mirrored his form at the National Cricket Inclusion Championships, where he finished as the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Division's top run scorer, with an average of 112 and a top score of 157 not out.
Jermaine Davis Jnr, a 16-year-old from the Balladong Cricket Academy in Northam, was the best bowler for the Governor's XI, taking 1-6 from his two overs.
In reply, the Governor's XI started well before an early wicket brought Gurinderpal Singh (Perth Scorchers Culture Cup/Willeton DCC) to the crease.
Singh produced a blazing knock of 62 retired of just 29 balls to set up his side's run chase.
Handy contributions from Boyd Duffield (20 retired) and Mathilda Carmichael (24 Retired) helped to put the Governor's XI within sight of its target, but some tight bowling from Rahul Patel (1-6(2)) and Nick Rogerson (1-11(2)) tightened the equation.
The Taverners faced mission improbable entering the final over, forced to defend two runs to avoid loss, with the task handed to Sean McGowan (WA Intellectual Disability State Team/Leeming Spartans CC).
A couple of tight singles early in the over allowed Shannon Scarvaci (WA Deaf State Team/CBC CC) and Filip Raineri (Integrated Cricket League/Kardinya Lakes CC) to complete the run chase for the Governor's XI.
Governor's captain and Rebel WBBL Perth Scorchers player Mathilda Carmichael said she was happy to come away with the win.
"It's always great to be winning games, but winning tight games adds to the thrill," Carmichael said.
"Captaining such a diverse range of cricketers was a new challenge for me, but one I thoroughly enjoyed.
"It really was quite inspiring to be out there with a whole range of individuals who come from all different walks of life, but could come together on a cricket field, with one common goal.
"As a captain, it definitely posed a few challenges, but as I said before it was an experience that was extremely valuable."