The Men's Victorian Indigenous Squad will begin their National Indigenous Cricket Championships campaign (NICC) today in Alice Springs against Western Australia, with the women's team set to launch their campaign on February 9 against New South Wales.
Staged from February 5 to 13, the men's team enters this year's NICC with a slightly different feel to last year's squad with two debutants, Nicholas Boland and Ashley Sweet.
Boland is the brother of Victorian and Melbourne Stars' fast bowler Scott Boland. Similar to his brother's looks and bowling style, Boland will look to open the bowling for the Victorians.
Melton Cricket Club's Sweet will fill the important role of all-rounder.
The men's team will also be bolstered by the return of Captain Ben Abbatangelo, who missed the entirety of last year's NICC due to injury.
Coached by former Australian test and One Day International opening batsman Julien Weiner, they will play six games in six days comprising of three 50-over games and three Twenty20 games.
Arriving in Alice Springs on February 8, the Women's Victorian Indigenous Squad will play four T20 games in three days.
Tasmanians Cara Watkins and wicketkeeper Tayla Wigg will don the Victorian colours for the first time.
The squad will unfortunately be without Melbourne Renegades' all-rounder Natalie Plane, who is playing for Carlton in the AFL Women's competition.
Keith Janz returns as coach and Jess Martin will captain the side.
Cricket fans will be able to watch every game via a livestream on the NICC website.
Both finals will take place on February 13 and can be enjoyed via a livestream on cricket.com.au.
For more information about the National Indigenous Cricket Championships please check out the NICC website.
Ben Abbatangelo (C)
Jessica Martin (C)
Jacinta Goodger - Chandler
06 FEBRUARY, 2017 | Indigenous Cricket