Four times the delight for stars
THE joy of winning a World Cup has been magnified by four for the Toowoomba indoor cricket community.
Lyle Teske, Katrina Teske, Blake Anderson and Emma Walls represented Australia at the World Cup in South Africa and all four returned triumphant this week as world champions.
Australia continued its dominance of the indoor cricket World Cup by winning the open men's and women's crowns, on top of the under-19 male and female titles.
"It's an awesome feeling. It's fantastic. Everyone played really well," Lyle Teske said of winning the open men's World Cup.
That was Teske's third World Cup success and he said winning the tournament never gets old.
"This is my third one. It's always a good feeling winning a World Cup," he said.
"They're all special in one way but it was good winning in South Africa, playing in front of hostile crowds.
"When you've got all of their support behind them, it makes it that much harder."
Australia beat South Africa 94-55 in the open men's decider, while Australia also beat the tournament hosts 66-33 in the open women's final which featured Katrina Teske.
Anderson's under-19 men's team also accounted for South Africa, hammering the host 144-44 in the final, with Walls' under-19 women's outfit beating England 120-74 in the decider.
To cap the success for the Toowoomba contingent, Lyle Teske and Walls were named in the All Star teams for their respective divisions.
Anderson had tasted World Cup success previously, in the under-16 age group.
"I was stoked," he said of last week's win.
"South Africa did beat us by one run in the fixtures. We played them five times, and then we came out in the final ready to play and beat them by 100.
"At the start we fielded really well and I think after 10 overs they were still in the negatives."