After a delayed start to the 27th Imparja Cup due to rain, round matches were able to commence on Monday, giving teams two days of play to qualify for finals.

The Men’s Community final was played on Wednesday 5 February at Flynn Drive Oval between Camp Doggs and DASA Warriors who topped their pools after the round matches. Camp Doggs won the toss and elected to bat sending the Warriors to the field. Shanley Milbunka and Shane Lovegrove opened the batting for the Doggs’ with Richard Tilmuth opening the bowling for the Warriors. The Camp Doggs got off to a strong start with Milbunka and Lovegrove make a quick 13 and 26 respectively. Jayden Forbes was the top scorer for the Doggs’, forced to retire at 32 runs as per the Super 8’s rules, and Robert Naylon was the standout with the ball 2/25(3). Camp Doggs finished their innings on 5/138.

Richard Tilmouth and Robert Beesly took to the field for DASA Warriors, and Kurt Campbell opened the bowling attack. Camp Dogg kept the strong Warriors at bay, restricting them to 128 to take home the win.

Impaja Cup first-timers Central Desert earned their spot in the Women’s Community Final after defeating the Soliz Sisterz by 8 wickets on Tuesday evening. Tennant Creek defeated Solid Sister and Ladeez to secure their spot in the top two.  The Tennant Creek Ladies won the toss and elected to bat, leaving the bowling attack to Central Desert. Early wickets to Dixon and Turner gave Central Desert the start they were after, but Tennant’s Mahalia Hippi had other ideas belting 31 off 21 balls to see her teams innings total at 5/120.

The Tennant Creek bowling attack was fierce, Hippi took two consecutive wickets in the second over, leaving the ladies from Central Desert a big task to catch the total needed to win. Despite the efforts of Simona Tilmouth who top scored for the Central Desert team with 22, the Tennant Creek Ladies total was too big to run down, winning by 70 runs.

In the Major Centres Division, the winner of the semi-final between the Katherine Scorchers and All Sorts would progress to the final to face the Desert Eagles. After a hotly contested match, it was the Scorchers who were victorious and took to Jim McConville Oval at 10:30am on Thursday 6 February.

Desert Eagles won the toss and elected to bowl. Alan Trindle and Donald Horan opened the batting for the Katherine Scorchers but the first ball of the game by Mitch Gridley was caught by John Chisholm and Horan out for a golden duck. David Trindle was the top scorer for the Scorchers making 45 off 27 balls. Jason Goodwin was the major wicket taker for the Eagles, taking three wickets off two overs, only conceding 13 runs.

Bryan Manning and Jason Goodwin opened the batting for the Eagles in their chase for 124. After 13.2 overs, the Desert Eagles had chased down the Scorchers total and were crowned the 2020 Major Centres Champions. Man of the Match was awarded to Dillon Measure of the Desert Eagles. Measures made 56* of 29 balls and took two wickets in the final.

NT Cricket CEO Joel Morrison said it’s been a fantastic two weeks of celebrating cricket and culture with 59 teams converging in the Red Centre for both the Imparja Cup and National Indigenous Cricket Championships.

“A big thank you to the NT Government for their ongoing support of this event, without it the event wouldn’t be possible.

“We are also very fortunate to have wonderful support from the Alice Springs Town Council, Taverners NT, Impajra television, Yuperenye Shopping Centre, DXC Technology and Statewide Super.

“Building on the wonderful celebration of cricket and culture in the Red Centre, unquestionably the home of Indigenous cricket in Australia, we look forward to the 28th Imparja Cup in 2021,” he said.

Following the Community Division finals held on Wednesday 5 February, individual awards, including most wickets taken, top run scorer, most valuable player and a team of the tournament for each division was announced.

In the Women’s Community Division is was Ladeez Cricket Team Captain Shannan Clarke who was awarded the Jenny Kroker Spirit of Cricket award for her passion, enthusiasm and outstanding encouragement she showed not only her team, but everyone involved. 

Tahlia Turner from Central Desert was named the Women’s Community Most Valuable player in her first Imparja Cup.

The Women’s Community Team of the Tournament was named as follows;

Justine Canstine Swan (Solid Sisterz), Leesnay Gillett (Tennant Creek), Nikkita Grafter (Tennant Creek), Mahalia Hippi (Tennant Creek), Rahina Maher (Ledeez), Simona Tilmouth (Central Desert), Tahlia Turner (Central Desert), Tania Wilson (Tennant Creek) and Mellissa Woodbury (Solid Sisterz).

In the Men’s Community Division, DASA Warrior’s Yasi Malalasekera was named most valuable player.

The Marcus Rosas Spirt of Cricket award was Robert ‘Tiny’ Nardoo from Brother In Arms.

The Men’s Community Team of the Tournament was named as follows;

Charles Alum (Desert Eagles), Ashley Anderson (Desert Eagles), Yasi Malalasekera (DASA Warriors), Graham Malbunka (Camp Doggs), Riccardo Morton (Yulemu), Robert Nayon (DASA Warriors), Richard Tilmouth (DASA Warriors) and Lance White (Brothers In Arms).

The player who took the most wickets in the Major Centres Division was Captain of the Tennant Creek Major Centres Divisions team, Lachlan Dunemann.

The top run scorer was Dillon Measures from Desert Eagles and was also named Major Centres Most Valuable Player.

The Major Centres Spirit of Cricket Award was awarded to Lewis Lampton of Katherine Scorchers and Rossy Williams Junior Spirit of Cricket was awarded to Jake Schremmer also from Katherine Scorchers.

The Major Centres Team of the Tournament is as follows;

Travis Bahr-Kelly (Tennant Creek), Michael Baker (Top End Thunder), Lachlan Dunemann (Tennant Creek), Mitch Gridley (Desert Eagles), Rhys Langley (Katherine Scorchers), Michael Leerson (All Sorts), Bryan Manning (Desert Eagles), Dillon Measures (Desert Eagles), Ryan Presley WK (Central Hurricanes, Daniel Rosas (Katherine Scorchers), Kiel Shardlow (Katherine Scorchers) and Allan Trindle (Top End Thunder).

 

Major Centres proudly sponsored by Yeperenye Shopping Centre

Most wickets taken – Lachlan Dunemann – Tennant Creek

Top run scorer – Dillon Measures – Desert Eagles

Most Valuable Player – Dillon Measures (Desert Eagles)

Spirit of Cricket – Lewis Lampton – Katherine Scorchers

Rossy Williams Junior Spirit of Cricket – Jake Schremmer – Katherine Scorchers

Team of the Tournament

Travis Bahr-Kelly – Tennant Creek

Michael Baker – Top End Thunder

Lachlan Dunemann – Tennant Creek

Mitch Gridley – Desert Eagles

Rhys Langley – Katherine Scorchers

Michael Leerson – All Sorts

Bryan Manning – Desert Eagles

Dillon Measures – Desert Eagles

Ryan Presley (wk) – Central Hurricanes

Daniel Rosas – Katherine Scorchers

Kiel Shardlow – Katherine Scorchers

Allan Trindle – Top End Thunder

 

 

Women’s Community proudly sponsored by Statewide Super

Most Valuable Player – Tahlia Turner (Central Desert)

Jenny Kroker Spirit of Cricket – Shannan Clarke (Ladeez)

Team of the Tournament

 Khelsie Bell - Desert Eagles

Justine Canstine Swan – Solid Sisterz

Leesnay Gillett – Tennant Creek

Nikkita Grafter – Tennant Creek

Mahalia Hippi – Tennant Creek

Rahina Maher - Ladeez

Simona Tilmouth – Central Desert

Tahlia Turner – Central Desert

Tania Wilson – Tennant Creek

Mellissa Woodbury – Solid Sisterz

 

Men’s Community proudly sponsored by DXC Technology

Most Valuable Player – Yasi Malalasekera – DASA Warriors

Marcus Rosas Spirit of Cricket – Robert Nardoo (Brothers In Arms)

Team of the Tournament

Charles Alum – Desert Eagles

Ashley Anderson – Desert Eagles

Yasi Malalasekera – DASA Warriors

Graham Malbunka – Camp Doggs

Riccardo Morton - Yulemu

Robert Nayon – DASA Warriors

Richard Tilmouth – DASA Warriors

Lance White – Brothers In Arms