Kingsway Sportsmans Cricket Club were crowned the Belt Up Senior Integrated Cricket League champions for the second season in a row, after defeating Kardinya Lakes Blue team in a highly competitive Final.
To open the day, club participants from six integrated Woolworths Cricket Blast programs got the opportunity to play on the historic Ground to round out their first season of cricket.
Youth players then took to the field to compete in the final round of their inaugural ICL season.
The Youth ICL season made way for some fantastic games of cricket which attracted healthy crowds who witnessed plenty of boundaries and wickets.
To conclude the day’s celebration 12 teams of the Belt Up Senior ICL competition battled it out for the 2019-20 championship title.
The placing finals were evenly contested as teams from the North Division took on their counterparts from the South.
Joondalup-Kinross Cricket Club’s Marcus Meyer was awarded the Youth ICL Player of the Match award in the club’s clash against Quinns Rocks Junior Cricket Club.
Following his strong performance, Meyer was then asked to play up in the Seniors division, where he also won the Player of the Match honours as Joondalu-Kinross narrowly went down to Warnbro Swans Cricket Club.
Secret Harbour Dockers overcame the Coolbinia West Perth Blue team to take out fifth spot in an entertaining play-off match which saw both teams post season high scores. Kardinya Lakes Gold team took out third spot over Coolbinia West Perth Red, with WA State player Kyron Timms named Player of the Match.
The Grand Final saw Kingsway Sportsmans Cricket Club take on Kardinya Lakes Blue team, with Kingsway going in favourites having won last season’s ICL and not losing a game all season.
Kingsway batted first and were immediately put under pressure by Kardinya’s disciplined bowling performance. In reply with the bat, Kardinya once again started brightly before tight bowling and excellent fielding from Kingsway began to restrict the run rate.
Kingsway proved too strong and overcame their sternest test of the season to be crowned deserving winners of the competition. Kardinya Lakes Nick Rogerson starred with both ball and ball to claim Player of the Match honours.
BELT UP INTEGRATED CRICKET LEAGUE INITIATIVE
The Belt Up Integrated Cricket League (ICL) is a competition that offers people the opportunity to play community cricket, in a format and environment that is suitable for those who have found barriers in traditional formats of cricket.
- The competition is open to anyone who feels the format and standard is the right fit for them. Players often begin playing in the ICL before moving into other grades at the club.
- The ICL has Youth (High School aged) and Seniors (16+) divisions
- ICL games occur every three weeks in an inclusive format for all players. Games go for approximately 2 hours
The ICL is supported by the Insurance Commission as community cricket is a pathway for people with disability to increase their independence and be engaged within the community. The Insurance Commission provides care and compensation to people with disabilities acquired in vehicle crashes and at work. Belt up have committed yearly funding over a four-year partnership with the WACA to the ICL. In year 1 the funding will be allocated as follows;
- All ICL Teams will have access to funds to purchase specialty equipment that will service the specific needs of players within the team including (but not limited to) visual aids, different-sized balls and customised bats.
- All 16 Teams will receive a team Belt Up Branded Kit Bag which will include 2 x helmets for team use and Belt Up bat stickers for every player within the team.
For more information about Integrated programs and how to get your club involved please contact WACA Diversity and Inclusion Specialist Brad Denham at firstname.lastname@example.org