Captain Josh Doyle lead the way with a cracking 125 from 122 balls to help take the Cyclones to 9-261. He blitzed the field, scoring 11 fours and 3 sixes on the way with team mates Dalton (22), Dickman (36) and Calkin (15) providing support at the other end.
The Desert Blaze had been formidable during the Strike League and needed 262 to take the cup from the reigning champions. The Blaze lost key batsman Abbott in the first over without facing a ball thanks to a deadly accurate throw to the stumps by Luke Zanchetta. When Owen Lynch fell shortly afterwards, the Blaze were scrambling at 2-11. The middle order all got starts and steadied the ship before the Cyclones Captain, Josh Doyle ripped through the Blaze taking 4-62, with Aaron Summers taking the final wicket to defeat the Blaze who were all out for 232 in the 46th over.
It was a thrilling final to a wonderful series that saw the two best teams go head to head for the Cup. Josh Doyle was the Player of the Match and credited his team for their consistent work throughout the tournament.
The City Cyclones are the first team in Australia to qualify for the new T20 Premier Cricket Tournament to be played in Adelaide in March 2019. The winners from each State and Territory competition will compete in the 10-team national event, which includes two teams each from both Victoria and New South Wales.
Joel Morrison, CEO of NT Cricket reflected on the success of the NT Strike League saying “There's no other tournament in Australia, and possibly the world that allows local club cricketers to spend a month training alongside elite professional cricketers. We have a winter competition that can serve the rest of the country, whether it's players, or teams, or umpires or coaches who can come up here up for experience in ideal weather on first-class standard pitches and outfields.
"So we believe the Strike League offers enormous benefits for players who are young and developing, or who are on the cusp of breaking into the professional ranks."