U18: ACT/NSW Country to face NSW Metro in 50-over final
Date of Event : Wed Dec 6, 2017 8:23PM
Ellie Dalgarno Fixter claimed a brilliant 5-13 against South Australia

ACT/NSW County and New South Wales Metro have secured their spots in the 2017-18 Under 18 National Championships 50-over final tomorrow having claimed bonus-point wins in the last round of matches in Canberra today, with Victoria finishing in third placed on run rate after also securing a bonus point.

With just the one match, played between Tasmania and Western Australia on Monday, reaching a result due to wet weather, all eight teams were in with a chance of making the final at the start of play.

Tasmania could have wrapped up a finals berth with victory against Victoria but it wasn't to be against a strong all-round outfit.

Victoria put on an impressive display with the ball to restrict Tasmania to 9-103, but it was their dynamic efforts in the field that resulted in three run outs including Emma Manix-Geeves who top scored with a patient 35.

Victoria then cruised to victory thanks to in-form opening batters Annabel Sutherland (46*) and Nicole Faltum (47*), the pair reaching the target in just the 17th over to secure their side the win and a crucial bonus point.
The decision to bowl first after winning the toss proved a good one for NSW Metro who bowled Queensland out for 88, with Isabelle Afaras (3-18) and Prudence Roebuck (2-6) doing the bulk of the damage.

NSW stumbled slightly in reply losing five wickets, but opener Ashley Day (30*) and Saskia Horley (22) kept their side on track and ensured they too claimed a bonus point.

ACT/NSW Country progressed to the final in sensational fashion after defeating South Australia by 199 runs.

Two brilliant efforts with the bat from Tahlia Wilson (71) and Matilda Luggg (74) highlighted ACT/NSW Country's innings, the due steering their side to an imposing 9-239.

After being reduced to 2-2 South Australia never recovered in their chase, losing regular wickets as Ellie Dalgarno-Fixter tore through their top order to finish with sensational figures of 5-13. 

Abbey Taylor was equally as effective, claiming three middle-order wickets whilst conceding no runs as ACT/NSW Country bowled South Australia out for just 40. 

In the final match of the day, the Cricket Australia XI proved too strong for Western Australia and earning themselves a comfortable victory.

Dharmini Chauhan (44), Lucy Cripps (43) and Kirsten Davey (23*) contributed to the CA XI's 9-227, with Western Australia's Emma Meuleman impressing with the ball to finish with figures of 4-24. 

Davey (2-23) then claimed two early wickets to make the going tough for Western Australia who were unable to build any significant partnerships as they set about chasing the total. 

Ashlee King (27) tried hard but it wasn't enough, with K Allen (3-19), Olivia Porter (2-5), Charli Knott (2-12) and Mardie Hamilton (1-9) claiming the remaining wickets to bowl Western Australia out for 117.


Finals fixtures

FINAL (1 v 2): ACT/NSW Country v NSW Metro @ Kippax Oval 1 *live streamed on
3 v 4: Victoria v Cricket Australia XI @ Freebody Oval
5 v 6: Tasmania v Queensland @ Neil Bulger Oval
7 v 8: South Australia v Western Australia @ Stirling Oval

Last updated: Monday December 11, 2017 9:12AM
Author: ca_nickd