Final day washed out by downpour
A week-long effort battling consistent rain finally got the better of Salter Oval — the complete washout handing the Northern Territory their second Denis Schaefer Trophy in as many years.
Play was moments from getting under way yesterday when a huge downpour put an end to proceedings once and for all, capping off a tournament that was at the mercy of the clouds throughout.
Winning coach Dave Ferguson lamented the fact more cricket could not be played, but had high praise for all involved in the carnival.
“It’s disappointing to not have a final in the end, but that’s the way it goes. You can’t control the weather and I think the organisers did a wonderful job in the circumstances,” he said.
“The hospitality has been wonderful and we really appreciate it, it’s just a shame it was so wet.”
The Territory was deserved winners of the trophy, winning in convincing fashion all week.
“They showed their worth, but as a coach you like to see them challenged because that’s how they develop as cricketers,” Ferguson said.
Four players made the merit side, more than any other team.
Darwin’s Jake Weatherald was named player of the carnival for his classy batting in all three games they played.
Two Alice Springs boys, Akash Patel and Ben Ellis, also made the side.
“Those boys, logistically, have it very tough. They are travelling a lot of kilometres to play cricket so it was great to see them do well,” Ferguson said.
Patel’s deceiving leg spin was too good for most batsmen he came across this week, while Ellis compiled an unbeaten 88 on Thursday to earn his spot.
Bundaberg all-rounder Matt Gavin was the only local lad to earn a call-up.
“He had some great knocks with the bat and bowled well without luck all week,” Bundaberg coach Chris Powell said.
Powell said it was obvious his young team had developed their cricket throughout the week.
“Our batting was scratchy at the start of the week, but you could see by Thursday they had learned to value their wicket more,” he said.
He was particularly impressed with the boys’ attitudes.
“Spirit on and off the field was faultless and I was proud to be involved with the team. It was very rewarding,” he said.