A record 220 players, many of whom had travelled long distances to take part, turned out for the carnival, which was hosted for the seventh year by Cricket Victoria.
Held at Casey Fields, a large and perfect setting in the City of Casey in Melbourne, the carnival took place on one of the hottest days of last summer but the players were not fazed by the stifling conditions.
With 22 teams taking part, the venue was at full capacity.
Hailing the carnival an outstanding success, Cricket Victoria’s Community Programs Manager, Annie Hateley, thanked the Lord’s Taverners for its ongoing support of the event.
“The Taverners’ support has been vital in ensuring we can continue to deliver and grow the participation and pathway opportunities for cricketers with a disability.
Lord’s Taverners committeeman Ian Crawford was on hand to present the shield and medallions to the winning team.
At the same time, the new line-up for the Vikings State representative team was announced, which included their first female player, Amanda Doolan from Mildura.
Before the start of the Ryobi One Day final between the Bushrangers and Queensland Bulls at the MCG, the excited Vikings were presented with the Super League Trophy by Ian Crawford and their caps from the president of Cricket Victoria, Geoff Tamblyn.
A delighted Ian Crawford said the Taverners were delighted to be involved in such an uplifting and important partnership with Cricket Victoria.
“We will be in it next year, too – I assure you all of that!” he said.