Tassie cricket talent on display

The Tasmanian Intellectual Disability Cricket team went undefeated at the National Cricket Inclusion Carnival in Brisbane until suffering a close loss to Victoria in the final.

Some standout performances across the competition for Tasmania included a century from Kobe Arrowsmith in round one against Western Australia, multiple 50s and impressive bowling figures from all-rounder Blake Bonnitcha and strong leadership from playing assistant coach Craig Blaschke.

“Our state cricket teams are run through some great pathway programs and we can be proud of our efforts this year,” Mr Bonnitcha said.

“There were some strong states with high-quality players including Victoria, South Australia and Queensland at the carnival.

“The fact that we can challenge, and have done so for the past few years, at the top level is a great achievement.”

Mr Blaschke said the team was mostly unchanged from 2023, with some key players on the pathway towards representing Australia.

“To have clear a pathway for our players to one day achieve their dreams by representing their country is fantastic,” he said.

“The entire team should be incredibly proud of their efforts, there were some strong individual performances and I’m sure we will see many of these players representing Australia very soon.”

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