Numbats are Top of the Tree
WA Police Cricket Club, aka the Numbats, had a fantastic weekend at the JBS/James Hardie T10 Community Cricket Cup hosted by the Mediterranean Cricket League.
The tournament, held at Perth Cricket Club, was graced by the presence of some of the best teams around, including an Aboriginal XI, Croatia WA, WA Fire & Rescue Service, and Ascot Cricket Club. Former Australian International players Brad Hogg and Simon Katich supported the competition as Mediterranean Cricket League ambassadors, ensuring the day was intense and thrilling.
The Numbats put in a solid effort all day, showcasing their top-notch top order batting skills and taking wickets with impressive bowling performances. Their relentless efforts paid off as they emerged victorious in all of their matches, including a nail-biting Super-Over win against their arch-rivals, the WA Fire & Rescue Service. The celebrations were electric, and the Numbats were crowned the champions of the tournament.
The medals and trophies were presented by Jono Wells, a star of the Big Bash League and current Melbourne Renegade. Kellerberrin Police Station’s 1/C Josh Axcell was the standout player of thetournament, winning the Best Batsman, Best Bowler, and Player of the Tournament awards. He also won a stunning prize, a set of stumps featuring artwork by the renowned Whadjuk Noongar Boodja Artist, Roderick Collard.
York Police Station OIC Sgt Andy Galbraith, who was the stand-in Captain for the day, shared his thoughts:
“It was a really enjoyable day of playing cricket, a privilege to play against the other teams and we always love to beat the firefighters!” he said.
The Numbats are shaping up for a busy two years, with a potential invite to participate in the televised Mediterranean Cricket League in Croatia, playing some of the best teams in Europe and hosting the Australia New Zealand Police Cricket Championships (ANZPCC) in Perth in November 2024.
The team is always looking for cricket enthusiasts to get involved, with players of all standards who share a common love of the sport. The Numbats have previously toured overseas to England, South Africa, the Caribbean, Sri Lanka, and New Zealand and participate in the ANZPCC every two years.