It is the first time the Lord Taverner’s XI have secured the Cup victory since 2009-10.

The players that competed in the President's Cup match were selected from a number of WA teams and programs run by the WACA, including:

  • WA's Intellectual Disability Team
  • WA Deaf Team
  • WA Men’s and Women’s teams that have recently returned from the National Indigenous Cricket Championship
  • WA Country Men’s and Women’s teams
  • WA Female Elite Pathway programs 

Ashlee King captained the Governer's XI and Aaron Hardie was skipper of the Lord Taverner's XI.

A number of special guest attended the match including Honourable Kim Beazley AC, Governor of Western Australia,WACA Chair Hon Dr Ken Michael AC, WACA CEO Christina Matthews and a number of Board Members from the WACA and Lord Taverner’s.

The Lord Taverner’s XI won the toss with captain Aaron Hardie electing to bowl first.

Steady opening partnership between victorious Country Cricket Captain Tim Hutchinson and Female Scholarship Holder Chloe Wain helped the Governor’s XI to a 30-run first wicket.

The world’s best T20 Deaf batter, David Melling stepped up to the crease after Wain was dismissed for 13.

Melling lived up to his title, smashing 51 off 27 deliveries, before celebrating with his customary bat drop.

Melling took particular liking to his WA team mates Tim Regan and Syed Shah Rukh, hitting them both for a huge six

Good support from Ashlee King (13) and WA Country Cricket Board Scholarship Holder, Michael Ferreira (21), lifted the Lord Taverner’s XI to a competitive score of 149 from their 20 overs.

Ballardong Cricket Academy and WA NICC player Tarkyn Narrier were the pick of the bowlers, with figures of 1-8 off his two overs.

WA Female Country XI players Hannah Felton and Courtney Holt both chipped in with one wicket each.

In reply, the Governor's XI had an opening wicket stand of 27 before David Melling bowled Courtney Holt.

Fellow opener Shah compiled 33 before being bowled by WA and Australian Intellectual Disability player Boyd Duffield.

Shah and Melling enjoyed a good battle across both innings, with Shah getting some revenge when he smashed Melling for a huge six.

The two were the division top scorers at the recent National Cricket Inclusion Championships where they led the WA Deaf team to the final.

Shah’s dismissal sparked a mini collapse with Duffield also removing Ballardong Cricket Academy product Dylan Lewis with his first ball.

Felton and Jonothan Flower were quickly dismissed following this, both bowled by WA NICC and Ballardong player Jermaine Davis Jnr.

The Governor’s XI looked likely to continue their 10-year dominance of the President’s Cup before WA Under 19 players Connor Smith and Iszak Milentis steadied the ship with 35 and 33 runs respectively.

Tarkyn Narrier and Tim Regan finished off the job in the 17th over to get the Lord Taverner’s XI over the line for the first time since 2009-10.