ACT/NSW Country and South Australia will contest the final of the Under 15 National Championships in Adelaide tomorrow after recording wins in their final round matches today.
In what was a top of the table clash, ACT/NSW Country faced off against second-placed NSW Metro who managed a competitive 193 batting first. NSW Metro captain Haley Silver-Holmes (65) was once again best with the bat whilst Jade Errington (32) and Angelina Genford (27) also played important roles.
ACT/NSW Country made a strong start to the chase, reaching 83 before they lost opener Grace Dignam for 55. Fellow opener Kayla Burton (24) and Phoebe Litchfield (42) kept the scoreboard ticking over and with the help of the ACT/Country’s middle-order, chased down the total in the 37th over with five wickets remaining.
Starting the day outside the top two, South Australia’s 17-run win against VIC Metro was enough to see them leapfrog NSW Metro into second position. Having posted 7-138 batting first, South Australia made a fast start with the ball claiming three early wickets to have VIC Metro 3-11 and in trouble in its chase. Ruth Roberts toiled hard but struggled to find support, her side eventually bowled out just 18 runs short of victory.
A bonus-point win to Queensland against VIC Country helped them jump up into fourth position which means they will face off against NSW Metro in the third-place play-off tomorrow. Ruby Strange (45) was best with the bat for Queensland who posted 185 whilst VIC Country’s Georgia Gall (4-22) was impressive with the ball. VIC Country set about chasing the total with a number of batters getting starts including Chloe Mackenzie (32*), but it was to no avail as the innings came to an end with the score 9-141.
Western Australia also finished the final day of matches with a bonus-point win after comfortably accounting for Tasmania. Western Australia’s Lauren Thompson (46) and Molly Healy (47) led the way with the bat in their side’s 8-187. In reply only two Tasmanian batters could muster up double figures, Grace Molnar (23) and Chloe Abel (27), the duo’s efforts not enough as Western Australia bowled out their opposition for 139.
All finals matches will get underway at 10am tomorrow, with the final to be live streamed on cricket.com.au and the CA Live App.
1 v 2 FINAL: ACT/NSW Country v South Australia
3 v 4: NSW Metro v Queensland
5 v 6: VIC Metro v Western Australia
7 v 8: VIC Country v Tasmania