Some of Australia’s most exciting juniors will compete for national honours during today’s School Sport Australia 12 years and under Cricket Championships – Grand Finals.
ACT will meet Victoria in the boys’ grand final, while NSW will go head-to-head with Queensland for the girls’ national championship title.
In the boys’ competition, eight teams competed across two pools with the hosts Western Australia entering two squads into the championships.
Victoria and NSW sat atop their respective pool tables after three rounds, each undefeated and five points clear of second place.
In the semi-finals, Victoria (6/177) def Western Australia #1 (141) to continue their unbeaten run. Victoria’s Braydon O’Connor scored the greatest individual batting total for the championships with 85 runs from 139 balls, and Aanlin Cherran took three wickets from his eight overs to help his side to victory.
ACT chased down the undefeated NSW squad’s total of 174 in the 48th over in what was a thrilling contest to secure their spot in the boys’ grand final.
The girls’ competition this year has been of the highest quality. The introduction of Representative Stage 2 Junior Formats has seen a reduction in pitch length and boundary size which has resulted in more free-flowing cricket being played.
Final placings saw NSW finish with five-from-five whilst Queensland placed second only losing to NSW in the final round game, 144-128.
All finals fixtures will be played on Wednesday 19th December, with grand finals being live streamed via nationalchamps.com.au and the School Sport Australia Facebook page.
BOYS FINALS SCHEDULE
GIRLS FINALS SCHEDULE
Grand Final Team Summaries
ACT & VIC (BOYS)
Victoria are coached by veteran David Gallacher, who has decided to make this year’s championships his last as head coach after 10 years in the top job. Brad Falkenberg has been at the helm of the ACT boys team and has done an outstanding job supporting the players right through to the final game of the championship.
NSW & QLD (GIRLS)
NSW are coached by Stephen Costello and managed by Belinda Allard, whilst Michael Hutchinson (Coach) and Tricia Agnew (Manager) have supported the Queensland outfit throughout the championships.