A sensational display of fast bowling from Hannah Green has steered ACT/NSW Country to their third consecutive Under 15 National Championship in Adelaide today.
Green finished the day with the remarkable figures of 6-22 as ACT/NSW Country proved too good for hosts South Australia, claiming a nine-wicket win.
South Australia started the day well by winning the toss and electing to bat but they soon found themselves 4-11 and in trouble as Green tore through the top order.
Opener Kasey Weldland (16) and Darcie Brown (24) did their best to get their side back on track but Green continued to cause mayhem, and along with two wickets to Maddison McGuigan (2-3), made sure South Australia were restricted to just 87.
It was all too easy for ACT/NSW Country in reply as captain Grace Dignam (30*) and Kayla Burton (36) made light work of the chase, the reigning champions needing just 13.4 overs to reach the target.
An unbeaten 80 to captain Hayley Silver-Holmes was enough to get NSW Metro over the line in the third-place playoff against Queensland.
A half-century to Georgia Voll (55) and Ruth Johnston’s impressive 44 off 35 balls helped Queensland to 6-190 with Angelina Genford continuing her good form with the ball to finish with 2-18 off seven overs.
NSW Metro lost both openers with the score on 29, but a sensational 162-run partnership between Silver-Holmes and Kate Peterson (59*) ensured they reached the target with three overs to spare.
In the fifth-place playoff, VIC Metro recorded a 143-run win against Western Australia thanks largely to half-centuries to Ella Hayward (84) and Tess Flintoff (89).
Needing to chase down VIC Metro’s 5-268, Western Australia struggled to build any large partnerships as wickets fell at regular intervals, Ruth Roberts (3-11), Kristy Arulrajah (3-15) and Ella Hayward (2-3) doing the bulk of the damage.
Molly Healy (40) and Lauren Thompson (28) kept the scoreboard ticking over but they ran out of partners with Western Australia bowled out for 125.
In the final match of the day VIC Country were too strong for Tasmania, recording a seven-wicket win.
A dominant bowling display from the Victorians made life tough for Tasmania, Abby Christie leading the way with the ball with figures of 4-11.
Tasmania managed to remove three top order batters but the low total wasn’t enough of a challenge for VIC Country who passed the target in the 19th over.
Silver-Holmes was named Player of the Championship for her outstanding form across the tournament which resulted in 350 runs at an average of 87.50 and included a century and three half-century.
Award Winners Player of the Championships Hayley Silver-Holmes (NSW Metro) Spirit of Cricket South Australia/VIC Metro Leading Run Scorer Hayley Silver-Holmes (NSW Metro) (350 runs at average 87.50) Leading Wicket Taker Tamsin Jones (SA) (14 wickets at average of 8.07) Most Dismissals by a Fielder Grace Dignam (ACT/NSW Country) (12 catches) Cricket Australia Under 15 Talent Squad Jade Allen (NSW Metro) Deni Baker (ACT/NSW Country) Darcie Brown (SA) Kayla Burton (ACT/NSW Country) Jessica Davidson (ACT/NSW Country) Grace Dignam (ACT/NSW Country) Hannah Faux (ACT/NSW Country) Tess Flintoff (VIC Metro) Georgia Gall (VIC Country) Angelina Genford (NSW Metro) Molly Godsell (NSW Metro) Hannah Green (ACT/NSW Country) Isabella Greig (ACT/NSW Country) Ella Hayward (VIC Metro) Molly Healy (WA) Emily Hinze (SA) Ruth Johnston (QLD) Charli Knott (QLD) Phoebe Litchfield (ACT/NSW Country) Arnika McGregor (VIC Country) Meg Mettam (QLD) Kate Peterson (NSW Metro) Grace Pullen (TAS) Hayley Silver-Holmes (NSW Metro) Georgia Voll (QLD)