The Cup has now been won by the Governor’s XI in 11 of the past 12 fixtures.
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:
o Community Junior Cricket Council
o Premier Cricket
o Male and Female High Performance Pathway
o WA Aboriginal Men’s and Women’s State Teams
o WA Intellectual Disability State Team
o WA Deaf and Hard of Hearing State Team
o Belt Up Integrated Cricket League
o Perth Scorchers Girls League
o Perth Scorchers Women’s League
Millie Monaghan from the WACA Female Talent Academy captained the Governors XI while WA-contracted player Sam Fanning captained the Lord Taverners XI.
The match also featured three parent and child combinations, with Ian and Sabrina Del Rosso lining up for the Lord Taverner’s XI, while Paul and Kobe Fernie and Patrick Dean and Jean McKinlay took the field for the Governor’s XI.
There was also a debut on the day, as a legendary volunteer of WA and Australian Cricket, Margie Oldfield, represented the Lord Taverner’s in her first ever cricket match.
The Governor’s XI started brightly with a strong opening partnership between Australian Intellectual Disability team superstar Boyd Duffield and WA National Indigenous Cricket Championships (NICC) batter Tim Hales.
Hales was dismissed by a sharp catch from Sabrina Del Rosso, with his well struck switch-hit plucked out of the air on its way to the boundary.
A red-hot Duffield was striking the ball supremely before retiring on 56 from just 31 balls.
This bought captain Monaghan to the crease alongside South Perth youngster Loren Russo and the pair combined for a solid partnership to help the team’s total.
Sharp fielding from the Governor’s XI helped restrict the flow of runs, however the Lord Taverner’s kept scoring at a decent rate through the middle of the innings.
In a family milestone, Paul and Kobe Fernie combined in the middle as the innings was drawing to a close and both batted through to retirement courtesy of some inventive stroke play and sharp running between wickets.
Nick Rogerson and Tom Rimmer from the WA Intellectual Disability Team met in the middle for the final over of the innings, with aggressive running between wickets boosting the final total.
Despite not taking many wickets, the Lord Taverner’s XI were economical with their bowling, particularly Belt Up Integrated Cricket League players Rusty Nelligan and Jason Kappler, and they managed to restrict the Governor’s XI to a competitive 149.
The Lord Taverner’s XI got their run chase off to a great start with WA NICC Captain Regina Deealuw and WA ID player Kyron Timms putting on a 44-run opening stand.
Deealuw was eventually dismissed for 20, while Timms retired on 32, his top score in his first time opening the batting.
Syed Shah Rukh from the WA Deaf and Hard of Hearing team also retired not out with Lord Taverner’s XI well poised to chase down the total.
Tight bowling from Patrick Dean, Tom Rimmer and Kobe put the pressure on the Lord Taverner’s XI, before Boyd Duffield’s off spin dismissed Rusty Nelligan, Olivia Kalin and Jamie Doulis in quick succession.
Skipper Sam Fanning breathed life back into the run chase with a quick fire 31 from just 12 balls, before Jean Mckinlay’s wily spin bowling once again halted the Lord Taverner’s charge.
Del Rosso, Kappler and Oldfield all batted well as the game drew to a close, however the total was ultimately beyond reach.
There was one final highlight however, with Paul Fernie dismissing Del Rosso via a sharp catch to son Kobe, meaning Bowled Fernie Caught Fernie was seen on the WACA Scoreboard.