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Well, here we are in sunny, warm (during the day) Christchurch, and it's the last day of competition.

First up, the Over 35 Men's Semi-Final, New Zealand v South Africa. In a see-sawing game, New Zealand managed to apply immense pressure at critical stages of the South African innings, ultimately taking out the game. So it's New Zealand v Australia in the Grand Final this afternoon.

The Under 19 Girls' Grand Final has just begun, South Africa batting. Though carrying a not-insignificant injury, Monique de Buys has opened the batting for South Africa. And the first Grand Final Winner of the tournament is SOUTH AFRICA, defeating New Zealand, 183 to 141.

And the Under 19 Boys' Grand Final begins in a few minutes . . . . I'm tempted to quote Bill Lawry here . . . . but I won't.

And the second Grand Final Winner is AUSTRALIA. The Under 19 Boys defeated South Africa, 178 to 100. More on both these games on the Results Pages.

A nice touch guys--the Australian Under 19 Champions, with their Grand Final opponents, South Africa.

Women Over 30, and Australia played New Zealand. Australia were too strong on the day, racking up 146 to New Zealand's 54. AUSTRALIA win their second Grand Final.

And the final game of the week, the Over 35 Men, New Zealand up against current champions Australia. Despite a great start, New Zealand were put under enormous pressure by the Australians in the field for the rest of the innings, finishing with 53. Australia equalled that score in the sixth over, and went on to a comfortable victory, scoring 122. AUSTRALIA retain the title they won in Perth.

Australia's Over 35 Men . . . with a well-over 35 ring-in.

Further reports on games and many, many more photographs (and comments and observations on the tournament in general) will be added daily, over the next couple of days . . . it's just that right now we have to rush off to get ready for the Presentation Night.

See you all again over the next few days.

© Indoor Cricket World 2003. Patriotism: the rather quaint belief that a country is the best thing since sliced bread just because you happen to have been born there.