ACT/NSW Country looked to continue their unbeaten run against NSW Metro who were also undefeated. NSW Metro began well with the ball leaving ACT/NSW Country teetering at 3/24. Tara Rudd’s 14 was the best score in the innings before been run out by Lauren Kua. Ella Briscoe 2/10 and Frankie Nicklin 2/16 worked in tandem to bowl out ACT/NSW Country’s for 81. NSW Metro, in reply, were never fazed easily chasing down the total in the 13th over. Frankie Nicklin continued her good form in the second innings with a well composed 30 to guide her team to victory by 8 wickets and end ACT/NSW Country’s undefeated run.
South Australia looked to make it back-to-back wins against Queensland in their third-round match. South Australia won the toss and elected to bat first with opener Kasey Wendland (26) top scoring for her side. Ella Anderson 2/14 was the pick of the bowlers to restrict the total to 6/97 off 20 overs. Queensland didn’t get off to the best start with both openers falling for 1 each respectively. Two run outs from the South Australians kept them in the game when it looked like the game was slipping away from them. Sianna Ginger (23) and Taylor Stumer (18) provided a base for the latter batters to get them home though it wasn’t to be as they fell 4 runs short of the target, finishing 9/93. Some quality death bowling by Kasey Wendland made sure South Australia got their second win of the Championships.
The Victorian bragging rights was up for grabs when Vic Country played Vic Metro on Day Three of the Championships. Vic Metro posted a very competitive score of 3/143 from their 20 overs with Ella Hayward’s run-a-ball 48 vital to posting the total. In reply, Vic Country’s innings was very stop start with regular wickets falling when they didn’t necessarily need them. Rhys McKenna (46) and Jasmine Levings (32) stabilized the innings as wickets fell around them to lead Vic Country to a 3 wicket win. Paris Bowdler’s boundary in the last over got Vic Country the win in a nail biter.
Tasmania looked to get on the winners board when they went up against Western Australia in the last of the morning T20 games. Tasmania batted first and posted 7/123 with Maddison Brooks’ quickfire 28 at the top of the order helping her side get off to a great start. Kate Sherriff’s 27 later in the innings propelled the score over 100 and to 123. Western Australia, who were also winless, made it hard work for themselves with partnerships coming few and far between. Chloe Ainsworth (30) was the highest scorer for Western Australia though didn’t have a lot of help from the rest of the batters. Charlotte Layton 3/27 and Hannah Powe 2/9 bowled superbly to assist in bowling out Western Australia for 92, falling 31 runs short.
After finishing up the morning games all teams quickly got to their next ground to face their new opposition.
ACT/NSW Country and Vic Metro were looking to bounce back from their morning losses. Winning the toss and batting first Maddison McGuigan made her highest score for the Championship to date with an impressive 38 to put her team in a good position. With the ball, Kristy Arulrajah again proved her worth with the ball taking 2/13. ACT/NSW Country finished 5/102.
The total proved not enough however, with an unbeaten 45 from Ella Hayward helping VIC Metro chase down the total with 10 balls remaining. Maddison McGuigan put on a strong showing with the ball, claiming 3/14.
Vic Country were up against a strong NSW Metro outfit coming of a win earlier in the day. Batting first, Vic Country posted 7/103 off their 20 overs though it could have been more if there weren’t three run outs in their middle order.
NSW Metro started strongly in reply, reach 55 before losing opener Frankie Nicklin (29). Fellow opener Hayley Elliot held together the chase however, posting an unbeaten 41 to steer NSW Metro past the total with plenty of overs remaining.
Tasmania won the toss and elected to bat against Queensland who were smarting their loss to South Australia in the mornings matches. Maddison Brooks (42) and Melodie Armstrong (66) were exceptional in the innings powering the Tasmanians to a score of 6/133. Zoe Valencic’s figures of 3/12 were the best on the day for the Queenslanders.
A strong batting effort from Queensland saw them chase down the total with two overs to spare, with Sianna Ginger (59) and Julia Cavanough (47) the bulk of the scoring. In the final match of the day, Western Australia posted 7/98 batting first against South Australia. Lauren Thompson (43) was best with the bat, while with the ball both Gemma Kennedy (2/13) and Lucy Bowering (2/3) finished with multiple wickets.
The low total proved to be enough, as Western Australia’s bowlers restricted South Australia to 6/91. Poppy Stockwell (2-21) was best with the ball, while Amy Peterson toiled hard with the bat to finish with 27.