Emma Manix-Geeves and James Simpson stand out during national cricket championships

PROUD: Tasmanian indigenous brothers Rhys and Liam Ward.
PROUD: Tasmanian indigenous brothers Rhys and Liam Ward.

Emma Manix-Geeves was one of three Tasmanians that have been handed black caps for a dominant national indigenous championships.

The talented Riverside batter-keeper was forced to represent Victoria after her home state did not field a female team in Alice Springs.

North West’s Brodie Hayes and Hobart’s Rhys Ward were also awarded black caps in their roles for Tasmania. 

The boys’ team finished the carnival with a 3-4 win/loss record after a four-run loss to Western Australia.

Tasmania had come off back-to-back victories after edging past Northern Territory by six runs in Sunday’s Twenty20 encounter and by 78 runs against Queensland in their 50-over match.

Hayes notched up 64 not out and Ward added 63 with three wickets against the Queenslanders on Saturday. 

Tasmania also suffered its first defeat at the School Sports Australia under-15 national championship.

The 35-run loss to the ACT splits their opening two tournament matches held on the Sunshine Coast. 

The Tasmanians had been set 185 to chase down after Riverside seam bowler James Simpson led the attack with 3-25 off six overs.

But the target proved too great for the state, bundled out for 149 off 36.4 overs.

New Town batsman Sam Wright top-scored with 32 from 49 deliveries amid the middle-order losing 4-25.

Tasmania opened their campaign with a four-wicket upset over Victorian Country.

North Hobart prospect Nick Davis belted 119 not out off just 83 balls to guide his team home on the back of an unbroken 79-run stand.

Simpson made a handy 27 from 33 balls to salvage Tasmania from a perilous 5-73.

Mowbray left-arm spinner Sam Freeman took 3-22 off eight overs in the Victorians’ innings of 6-230