Day one of the Under 15 Female National Championships was a great start to the week with NSW Metro, ACT/NSW Country, Queensland and Vic Metro all getting wins.
NSW Metro went up against Tasmania in the first game of the Championships. Tasmania won the toss and chose to bowl. NSW Metro’s opener Charlotte Camburn made a very impressive 83 to lead the team to 8/256 off their 40 overs. Maddison Brooks was the pick of the bowlers taking 3/29.
Unfortunately for Tasmania the run chase proved to big of a task as they finished 9/144, falling 112 runs short. Tasmania’s Melodie Armstrong made 49 before been run out. NSW Metro’s Jade Allen took 4/20 off eight overs to lead her team to a win on day one of the Championships.
ACT/NSW Country started off its campaign against Vic Country. Vic Country sent in ACT/NSW Country into bat making early inroads leaving them 4/68. Late hitting from Maddison McGuigan (29) and Katie Letcher (28) propelled the team to a competitive 8/167. Tahlia Meier was exceptional with ball in hand taking 2/18 off her eight overs.
A 122 run partnership between Jaide Anthony (63) and Georgia Gall (56*) wasn’t enough to win the game for Vic Metro as they fell 12 runs short of their target. After the 40 overs Vic Metro finished 6/155 with three run outs proving too costly in the end.
Queensland won the toss and chose to bat against Western Australia with opener Lucinda Bourke getting out for a diamond duck in the first over. Sianna Ginger (45) was the backbone of the innings and helped her team post 7/205. Wickets were shared among the Western Australian bowlers.
In reply, the girls from the West didn’t get off to a good start with opener Monica Rallabhandi dismissed in the early overs. Some fantastic batting from Chloe Ainsworth (40) and Poppy Stockwell (55*) gave them a chance though in the end it wasn’t enough finishing 27 runs short. South Australia began their tournament against Vic Metro.
South Australia won the toss and elected to bat though were in early trouble at 2/14. Paris Hall top scored with 24 and Erin Carroll was the chief destroyer taking 3/17 off eight overs. At the end of the 40 overs South Australia finished 8/143.
In reply, Vic Metro successfully chased down the target of 144 with five wickets to spare. Kristy Abulrajah (32) and Annency Homberg (37*) batted superbly to guide Vic Metro to their first win.
The first game of the day was between South Australia and Tasmania who both were coming off losses yesterday. Putting South Australia into bat Tasmania got off to a great start dismissing Jasmine Earl for 0. In at first drop was Ella Wilson who top scored with 73, helping put up a competitive score for the Tasmanians to chase. Maddison Brooks was the standout with the ball taking 4/24 assisting in bowling out South Australia for 166 in the 40th over.
In reply, Tasmania’s innings didn’t get off to a great start losing their openers early on. Melodie Armstrong (32) was the player to make it to double figures before been dismissed. Gemma Kennedy was exceptional with the ball taking 4/6 off 6.4 overs powering her side to a win by the margin of 81 runs.
Vic Country won the toss and elected to bat first against a strong Queensland side. Opener Tahlia Meier posted 49 including six boundaries to allow Vic Country to get off to a good start. Jasmine Nevins (39) and Jaide Anthony (28) stabilised the innings in the last half of the innings to lead them to the score of 6/188.
Ryleigh Wotherspoon (64) made sure her side getting their second win on the trot. Mikayla Wrigley’s 44 was significant after Wotherspoon’s dismissal to put her side in a good position to win. Queensland chased down the target of 189 with 10 balls to spare.
ACT/NSW Country was looking to continue their good form when they faced Western Australia. The girls from the West never really got going as regular wickets fell and the run out of Lauren Thompson (28) stagnated their innings. After 40 overs the end score was 6/128 with the wickets shared amongst the bowlers.
ACT/NSW Country started off the chase in spectacular fashion with Clare Webber hitting a massive six to put the bowlers on the back foot. Webber was soon dismissed though that was the only wicket to fall with Claire McGuirk (47*) and Clare Levings (45*) putting on 100 runs unbeaten for the second wicket to cruise to a 9 wicket victory.
The battle of the Metro’s was the last game to commence during Day 3. Vic Metro won the toss and elected to bowl. All of NSW Metro’s top six made starts though none went on with it as Jade Allen (29) and Lauren Kua (32) top scored. NSW Metro ended up being bowled out on the last ball of the innings for 187 with Ella Hayward been a headache for the batters all day taking 4/25 from seven overs.
The very talented Vic Metro batting line up never really got into gear with wickets occurring when you thought a partnership was building. Kristy Arulrajah made a composed 29 before Hayley Elliot picked up her first of two wickets for the innings.The total proved too much, Vic Metro posting 7/127 from 40 overs and falling well short of the target.
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