Over the Easter long weekend the NTTCC fielded a men’s and women’s team at the Bali Cricket Sixes and Kartini Cup respectively. This was a major achievement for Zack Awang and his players who along with some financial help from Australia, sold water and flowers in Kupang to raise sufficient funds to allow the two teams of 10 to travel to Bali to compete. For the Men’s team this was their first competition, while for the women their second having competed in the first Indonesian Cricket Championships last year.
The Bali Cricket Sixes has been held annually over the Easter long weekend since 1997, and this year a total of 12 teams competed. The NTTCC’s first game was against DKI Jakarta B one of two DKI Jakarta teams competing at this years Sixes. The DKI Jakarta teams were coached/captained by one of the NTTCC’s original cricketers Yeri Rosongna (from Alor, NTT) and Fernandes Nato (Flores, NTT) another cricketer from NTT who now spends his time coaching and developing cricket elsewhere in Indonesia. In their first competitive game the NTTCC Men were victorious against DKI Jakarta B winning 52-49.
Following their early victory the NTTCC faced Sanur Cricket Club and Xclusive People, both local Bali sides made up mainly of expatriates. Sanur defeated the NTTCC 71-51, and Xclusive People were the victors in the third game defeating NTTCC 31-79. Following the group stage of the competition NTTCC went into the Plate finals.
Lake Grace Cricket Club from Western Australia was the NTTCC’s next opponent defeating NTT 59-60, before the NTTCC secured its second win of the competition, defeating Kalimantan Timur Cricket 61-39. Kalimantan was captained by Bernardus Elly (Rote, NTT) another of the NTTCC originals. In their final game of the competition the NTTCC again faced DKI Jakarta B. This time DKI Jakarta B ran out the victors 57-61. Lake Grace CC were victorious in the Plate Final with DKI Jakarta second and the NTTCC third. Sanur were victorious in the Cup final against GMIS Jakarta.
Following the completion of the Bali Sixes, the Kartini Cup was held over the two days following the long weekend. Eight women’s teams from throughout Indonesia competed, with DKI Jakarta emerging victors over Gianyar. The NTTCC womens team narrowly missed a place in the finals on count back to Udayana. THe women had their first win against Red Ant and finished the competition in fifth.
Unfortunately the ferry that was to take the teams home broke down and they had to borrow Rp12,000,000- to buy airline tickets to get home. Thanks to Udayana Eco-Lodge, Jimbaran and Alan Wilson for lending them the money. The team is working to raise the money to pay back the debt.
Photos from the competition can be found in the Photos section of the website.