The ACT Rockets will play Queensland in the major Semi-final of the 2016 Australian Indoor Cricket Open Championships in Victoria this afternoon, with the winner to obtain a spot in the Grand Final. The loser will be left to play the winner of Victoria and South Australia in the Preliminary final for the right to appear in Saturday afternoon’s final.
Earlier, the Rockets had guaranteed a top-two finish after claiming victory in their first eight matches, featuring some high-margin victories and establishing the men from the Capital as favourites to defend their 2015 title, which was their first at the national level after defeating Queensland in the final. The early success of the team allowed coach Billy Floros to experiment with his line up and rest players in their final two matches, which saw the Rockets claim victory again over the home team Victoria and suffer a narrow defeat to main threats Queensland.
Commenting on the tournament so far, Indoor Cricket Manager Cameron Walter said “The tournament thus far has almost been a carbon copy of last year. The ACT and Queensland each finished with nine wins from 10 matches and merely a point between them.”
“As defending champions and with a strong early performance, the Rockets have certainly established themselves as a strong chance to go back to back. Perhaps they can claim the edge this year with a 13-man squad, from which any combination of eight could realistically be considered strong enough to take the title.”
Echoing Walter’s comments, the tournament so far has seen a strong contribution from all players. Tim and Benji Floros have been stand-outs, with Tim’s 16 wickets creating a constant source of problems for opposition teams. Grant MacDonald’s 122 runs are the third-most by anyone in the competition, closely followed by Tim Floros on 105 and Matthew Floros on 104.
All finals matches will be live streamed on indoor.cricket.com.au, with the Rockets first match taking place at 2:15pm AEST.