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Rohan Best named in Blackcaps squad at Indigenous Championships

The Victorian team have taken home a fourth-place finish in the men's division of the National Indigenous Cricket Championships, which wrapped up in Alice Springs at the weekend.

The Vics finished with a 3-3 record from their six games, with victories against Tasmania, South Australia and Northern Territory.

After a heavy defeat in their first game of the championships where they were humbled for just 55 against New South Wales, Victoria bounced back with a strong win against Tasmania in their second round T20 match.

They then defeated South Australia in their second T20 match of the tournament, on the back of an even batting performance led by Nathan Gardiner (43), Clayton McCartney (39) and Damon Egan (26).

Defending 139, Rohan Best claimed 3-13 and Josh Eaton took 3-29 as Victoria bowled the Redbacks out for 103 in reply.

Reverting back to the 50-over format for Round 4, Queensland were too good - inflicting a 34-run defeat on the Victorians.

Eaton, Best, and Patrick Jackson all claimed two wickets as Queensland finished with 7-186 from their 50 overs.

Victoria lost wickets early in their innings to be 4-40 and never really recovered, all out for 152 in the 47th over - Rohan Best was the pick of Victoria's batsman with 39.

The Vics then claimed a dominant 44-run win against the Northern Territory in their third T20 fixture.

Egan (46), Gardiner (36) and Nathan Fowler (27) led Victoria to 6-141 from their 20 overs.

An excellent bowling display from the Vics limited NT to just 8-97 from their allotted overs.

Victoria then suffered their heaviest defeat of the championships in their final game against Western Australia - going down by 97 runs.

WA scored an imposing 7-214 from their 50 overs, despite Eaton claiming 4-37 for Victoria.

After slumping to 3-10, Victoria were eventually bowled out for 117 in the 39th over.

Rohan Best was rewarded for his good form throughout the championships, named in the 2016 NICC Blackcaps - a team comprised of the best players from the tournament.

Best claimed 11 scalps in six matches, his best haul of 3-13 coming against South Australia.

He also proved a valuable asset with bat in hand, scoring 39 against Queensland and 34 against WA to finish with 94 runs for the tournament.

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