Last held in 2015-16, the Aboriginal Cricket Carnival was implemented to further strengthen the pathway for Aboriginal cricketers and to allow SACA to identify future talent.

Winners Port Lincoln were joined by the Ngarrindjeri Swans, Flinders, Lake Eyre, Kaurna and Koonibba in the three-match T20 tournament at Karen Rolton Oval.

Players wore playing tops designed by students from the South Australia Aboriginal Sports Training Academy, with all teams receiving free uniforms for participating.

SACA Diversity and Inclusion Leader Matt Lucas was pleased with the day and hopes to see further growth in the coming years.

“The carnival was a great success, and was played in good spirit by all teams,” Lucas said.

“Next year we hope to have even more teams participate, and we would also love to incorporate a women’s division.”

The final took place between Port Lincoln and the Ngarrindjeri Swans, with Port Lincoln finishing the competition undefeated.

Best batter and Player of the Tournament was Port Lincoln’s Wesley Bilney who compiled 104 runs from the three matches.

Lawrie Rankine from the Ngarrindjeri Swans was awarded best bowler, after he took seven wickets from three games, with best figures of 4/21 in the final.

Koonibba was awarded the Spirit of Cricket trophy.

Click here to find out more about the Aboriginal Cricket pathway.