Home' Tennant and District Times : 2016-0219 TDT Contents 12 TENNANT AND DISTRICT TIMES FRIDAY 19 FEBRUARY 2016
The Tennant and District
Times is published by
Jasmin Afianos, 139
Paterson Street, Tennant
Creek NT 0860, and
printed by Peter Baldwin,
Mount Isa Qld 4825.
The Tennant & District
Times is published
by Jasmin Afianos,
139 Paterson Street,
Tennant Creek NT
0860, and printed by
NT News - Darwin
Print Centre, 1
Darwin NT 0800.
THE annual Imparja cup was played last
week in Alice Springs with teams com-
peting from Alice Springs (two teams),
Darwin, Katherine, Alkputja and Ten-
The Tennant Creek team had been training in
the led up before the tournament and had some
practice matches in town as well to ensure they
The first match, Tennant Creek came up against
last year’s winning team All Sorts from Alice
Tennant Creek batted first however some tight
bowling from the opposition, especially from
ex NT player Greg Louis (0/9 off four overs)
couldn’t see the team hit the boundaries needed
to put on a challenging score.
Jeff Blow finished with 21 and Dylan Kerrin
made 19 to put the score to 106.
All Sorts got off to a flying start with 10 runs off
the first two balls, however a run out and wicket
in that same over put it back to an even game.
Tennant Creek needed to bowl the opposition
out to ensure a win, however the fielders just
couldn’t catch those difficult chances in the
outfield and in the end the All Sorts completed
the run chase with 7 balls left.
Taki Shioji finished with 2 for 31 off his four
overs to be the pick of the bowlers.
The next match, saw Tennant Creek come up
against Alice Springs, the game which started
the Imparja Cup nearly 30 years ago.
The Alice Springs team had picked a very
impressive squad with some A-grade cricketers
playing in the Alice Springs Cricket Association.
Alice Springs batted first and Tennant bowled
well for the first 10 overs, restricting the more
fancied Alice Springs team to only 45 runs,
however with wickets in hand the Alice Springs
team came out hitting and pushed their score to
7 for 184 off the 20 overs.
Thomas Gillett (3 wickets), and 2 wickets each
to Taki Shioji and Dane Nicholls performed well
with the ball.
Tennant came out batting knowing they needed
over nine runs an over to win, an early wicket
didn’t stop Jeff Blow (43) and Thomas Gillett
(32) taking it up to the bowlers.
However when they both got out it slowed
things down until Kris Redman (53) played
brilliantly to keep the Tennant Creek side in
Although it was all a bit too much and the
Tennant Creek side fell just short in the run
chase and finished on 177 for their 20 overs, 7
The last game, saw a must win by the boys for
any chance to play in the finals, and they came
up against a very strong Alkputja side, who were
playing great cricket and were undefeated so far.
Alkputja batted first and came out playing
some great shots using the pace of the ball on
the small boundaries, then after they were settled
started lifting the ball over the boundaries with
plenty of big hits.
Wickets were falling however, the hits kept
coming and after 20 overs Alkputja finished
on a massive total of 233, the highest in the
tournament so far.
Tennant Creek was given a huge task to score
at 12 runs an over to win the game and possibly
move on into the finals.
Against the impressive bowlers from Alkputja,
Tennant started off brilliantly scoring shots all
over the ground and were one for 60 off five
overs, Tennant Creek lifted the run rate up even
more with some big hits and were definitely ap-
plying the pressure on the bowlers with all top
four batsmen getting off to great starts.
Thomas Gillett 74 and Taki Shioji 65 were
in great form, however when they got out and
a few more wickets went as well, the pressure
was on for both teams and it ended up being a
very close finish, however the run chase was just
out of reach for the players and they finished 1
boundary shot and lost by five runs.
A terrific game to finish it off and unfortunately
for the Tennant Creek team, out of the finals.
In the last game, a 5th v 6th play off, Tennant
Creek won easily over Katherine.
Tennant batted first and made 150 runs, with
Josh Southwell top scoring with 46.
Then the team bowled really well and took
some great catches to bowl Katherine out for
109 to finish off the week with a win.
The grand final was played against Alice
Springs and Darwin, with Alice Springs win-
ning by 10 runs.
The Tennant Creek squad thank Anyinginyi
Health Aboriginal Corporation, Dexter Barnes,
Tennant Tyres, BP Tennant Creek and T&J
Contractors for their ongoing support and
up short at
Imparja Cup ON A GOOD WICKET: The Tennant team playing against the All Sorts.
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