The 2018 NICL national finals series kicked off in Adelaide yesterday with our very own Seamer Snakes getting their campaign underway with a crushing 145-79 victory over the Western Stars.andnbsp;
Winning the toss and electing to bat first, the Snakes were off to a flier thanks to opening pair Jarrad Daniells and Will Lanca, who posted 31 from their 4 overs. However, it was the second pairing of Vinnie Sandhu and league MVP Aaron Todd who did the damage as they nonchalantly smashed an incredible 51 runs from their 4 overs, which included a lazy run out. The final 2 pairs gave very little away with partnerships of 29 and 34 respectively - Justin Coetzee with some absolutely sublime shots to close the innings out with a massive total of 145 runs.
Playing in their first NICL finals series, the Western Stars were facing an impossible chase for the win. With skins still up for grabs, the Stars looked to secure a valuable point or two, sending their strongest batters in to chase the lowest skins. Things went to plan for the Snakes in the first 8 overs as both wickets and dot balls flowed with ease. With only 32 runs on the board at the halfway mark, the game was all but over for the Stars. Their third pair then opting to open the shoulders in the hope of quick runs in pursuit of the third skin - one they won off the final ball. With the fizz well and truly out of the game by this point, both teams simply went through the motions to close out the game - Seamer walking away with a comfortable 3-skin win.
Resuming their finals campaign this morning, the Snakes continued their run of good form to post a comfortable 95-56 voctory against the local Pink Panthers. Things started slowly for the Snakes with the opening pair of Will Lanca and Jarrad Daniells finding it tough going from the outset. A few unfortunate communication errors leading to 4 runouts, leaving the total on a mere 8 runs at the end of the first pair.
Things didn't improve much in the second pair, with 3 early wickets keeping the tournament favourites on the back foot. Some big hitting from Aaron Todd helping restore some respectability into the scorecard with the pair ending up with a valuable 23 runs. PLaying his first game of the tournament, Peter Lewis batted the house down with youngster Cam Todd to revive the Snakes innings as they posted a solid 38 from their partnership. Kai Hickey and Juston Coetzee closing out the innings with a reserved 26 to give the Snakes a defendable total of 95.
Despite having home court advantage and a strong start to their innings, the hosts were never in the chase. The Panthers opening pair of 28 the only bright light in an otherwise dominant display from the visitors. The Snakes now sit on top of the division ladder with 2 wins and 6 skins in total.
The next game versus Croydon Raiders gets underway shortly. Be sure to tune into the livestream at www.nicl.com.auandnbsp;or head to the NICL facebook page.
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