Cricket in the red centre

Liam Durkin

BUNDALAGUAH cricketer Angus Tilley recently returned from Alice Springs after representing Victoria in the National Indigenous Cricket Championships.

The championships, named the Imparja Cup, is an annual indigenous event to celebrate culture through cricket.

Angus said the chance to represent his indigenous heritage while playing cricket was the opportunity of a lifetime.

“I trained in Melbourne every fortnight in the lead up and was lucky enough to be offered a spot,” he said.

“It was my first time in Alice Springs, the trip was good and I met a lot of different people, everyone was really nice.

“Conditions were a lot different to Victoria, a lot hotter obviously but they take their cricket really seriously and its very professional up there.”

The championships saw indigenous teams from all states and the Northern Territory compete across a week of competition.

Victoria finished third on the table, winning four of its six games and made it to the preliminary final, where the team had to contend with a draw against Queensland.

The young all rounder was only required to bat once throughout the tournament, but proved his worth with the ball, taking 2-5 against the Northern Territory.

The 16-year-old hopes to further his cricket in years to come and is showing good signs after making his first grade debut for Bundalaguah earlier this season.