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The Australian Women took out the Women's Grand Final this afternoon, making it a double for the Australians. The Australian Women were undefeated throught the competition, whereas the Australian Men suffered their first ever loss in a World Cup match
Final Score. . .

Brad Zeller, Australia Womens Indoor Cricket coach holding the Indoor Cricket World Cup trophy
Brad Zeller, Australian Womens' coach, with the Women's World Cup trophy.

Final Score. . .

Iaian O'Brien and Leigh Kelly of NZ discussing a decision with the umpire during the Indoor Cricket World Cup final.  O'Brien currently (2009) plays for New Zealand in Tests and ODI
Iaian O'Brien and Leigh Kelly (NZ Capt) have a quiet word with the Umpire about waiting for a batsman to be fully ready before bowling to him. See match report of Grand Final for more.

Day 6 (Saturday)

New Zealand vs Australia in the Women's Grand Final

It's a New Zealand v Australia Mens Grand Final
Australia came back strongly after last night's historic defeat, soudly beating England. So tomorrow's Grand Final is a replay of last night's magnificent game between these two sides.
Result Australia v England

New Zealand put on strong batting display against rapidly improving Sri Lankan Women.
Sri Lanka women scored a highly commendable 101 against quality opposition today when they played New Zealand in the Women's Semi-Final today

The first LBW decision ever in an Indoor Cricket World Cup match
New Zealand umpire Nepia Stewart adjudged Asela (Sri Lanka Men) out LBW against New Zealand yesterday--and I just happened to have my camera pointing at the action (photo included in both the New Zealand Men and Sri Lanka Men's photoCDs). It is believed to be the first ever LBW decision given in any Indoor Cricket World Cup match. The bowler was Guy Coleman.

Third partnership of 44 rescues Sri Lankan Men
After struggling in the first 8 overs, Sri Lanka's 3rd pair put on a fine 44 to help their team to a competitive total. After 8 overs the England Men had restricted the Sri Lankans to just 14 runs, and they were in deep trouble.
. . and it's not decided until the last ball (again)
Progressive scores . . .

Day 5 (Friday)

New Zealand Men destroy the Australian batting line-up.
With some outstanding bowling and absolutely sensational fielding, the New Zealand Men totally dominated the Australian batsmen.
With skins of 19, 0, 18 and -11, Australia could only manage an alltime low total of 26.
New Zealand begin their innings knowing they are on the verge of the most historic game in Mens World Cup history. They will also win a place in the Grand Final is they do as the large, vocal crowd present expect and win the game.

New Zealand Men in a huddle after restricting Australia to its lowest Indoor Cricket World Cup score ever: just 26 runs
New Zealand Men in a huddle after a great bowling/fielding performance against Australia. The scoreboard shows Australia's lowest ever World Cup score of 26.

New Zealand defeat Australia!!!
In absolute ripper of a game, New Zealand Men have defeated the Australians. This is the Australian Men's first ever
loss in a World Cup match, and it means New Zealand are straight through to the Grand Final. Australia will now have to win through the semis if they want the chance for a rematch in the Grand Final.
Final scores

Indian Women continue to show improvement
India played Australia and then Sri Lanka today, and it was particularly noiceable that they have already gained enormously from the competition and coaching they have received here.

New Zealand and India Womens Indoor Cricket teams pose after a game
New Zealand and India Women after their game against each other.

Remembering that yesterday they took 2 wickets when bowling to New Zealand, today they took 3 against the Australians, then another 3 against the Sri Lankans.
But it was in their fielding and batting that the improvement was most visible--they are beginning to look like an indoor cricket team, not just a team of cricketers playing indoors.
Result vs Australia
Result vs Sri Lanka

New Zealand Men contain Sri Lankan 3rd pair, go on to win match (ongoing match report, final scores here)
The Sri Lankans have started brilliantly in their game against New Zealand, restricting the home-town team's first pair to 9 runs.
NZ.s second pair have responded courageously, posting 40 runs for a team total at the halfway mark of 49.
A third partnership of 22, and a final of 23 sees New Zealand posting a final score of 94

In reply, Sri Lanka are 42 after 8 overs. This game is still in the balance.

New Zealand restricted the 3rd pair to 0, thereby setting up a comfortable win.

He started the tournament by entertaining us all at the Opening Breakfast . . . and finished it by finishing equal second in the Men's Batting averages and Runner Up in the Mens' Player of the Tournament. Congratulations Lyndon Hannibal of Sri Lanka.
Full details of all award winners HERE.

Day 1(Monday)

Sri Lanka score first ever win in a World Cup match.

Local flavour in Indian team
Result here).

New Zealand Women open their campaign with a spirited performance against Australia

New Zealand Men open campaign with a solid win against England.

Sri Lankan Women come up against high-scoring Australians. Result.

Australia Men draw first blood against India. Result.

Day 2 (Tuesday)

Indoor Cricket World Cup history made in Australian Women vs Sri Lanka game
For the first time in Indoor Cricket World Cup history, the umpire and scorer were women.
The Umpires

New Zealand Men have a huge win over India.
New Zealand showed us all how to empty a grandstand today--a large crowd was watching the Australian Men locked in a tight game with Sri Lanka. Suddenly, the sound of the New Zealand Haka resounded through the complex (the New Zealand Men were about the begin their game against India). Almost everyone in the grandstand watching the Australian vs Sri Lanka game jumped to their feet and headed toward the sound of the Haka.

Sri Lankan Men restrict Australia to 23 runs from 8 overs.
With superb bowling and some exceptional fielding, Sri Lanka Men have restricted Australia to their lowest first-8-overs' score for the tournament so far. They followed this up by taking the first two batting skins too.
More. . . .

Sri Lanka Women take a skin from New Zealand
In a game featuring some excellent fielding from both sides, New Zealand Women lost one skin to Sri Lanka, but otherwise comprehensively outplayed their opponents.

Sri Lanka Men just fail to take their chance against New Zealand
Yesterday it was the New Zealand Women vs Australia. Today (so far) it was Sri Lanka Men pushing New Zealand all the way. A healthy crowd of nearly 250 were treated to some exceptional bowling and fielding from both sides.

Sri Lanka men huddle in their Indoor Cricket World Cup match against New Zealand


England Men win a skin against Australia
Despite being well beaten overall, England Men took the second skin (15 to 10) from the current World Cup holders.

Day 3 (Wednesday)

India Women arrive in Wellington
After a long time travelling, the Indian Women finally arrived in Wellington. Despite the extended hours spent travelling, they were keen enough to go through some training exercises this afternoon. Tomorrow (Thursday) they will play Sri Lanka and New Zealand.

Sri Lanka Men beat England in a thriller

In the closest and most exciting match so far, newcomers Sri Lanka fought out a high-scoring match with England, the result of which was not determined until the last ball.
Scores and full match report here

Huge crowd packs in to watch New Zealand Men take on Australia
The crowd began arriving mid-afternoon, and by 6pm the stands were already filing quite quickly. By the time the New Zealand Men began the Haka, over one thousand people had filled the stands and occupied all available standing room.
Full Match Report and Results here

Day 4 (Thursday)

Australia Men finish at top of table
At the conclusion of the qualifying rounds, and as a result of their win over New Zealand last night, the Australian Men finished at the top of the table. Before last night's game, New Zealand held a 1point advantage over the Australians, and had to beat them to retain top place.
Result and full report of last night's game
Men's final standings

India Women play their first ever games in a World Cup
First game's result and match report
Second game's result, match report



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