The competition in the 50-over format is heating up at the Under 18 National Championships, with ACT/NSW Country having already taken out the Twenty20 trophy last week.
The combined ACT/NSW Country side leads the way in Pool A after three rounds with a perfect record, with Victoria Metro their nearest challengers in second place on the ladder seven points in arrears.
Victoria Country, South Australia and Western Australia have managed just the one victory and will be looking to finish the tournament on a high with one minor round match to be played before Thursday’s finals.
Anika Learoyd is leading the way with the bat having scored 152 runs at an average of 50.67 and is the only player to score a century this far.
Grace Jones is Pool A’s standout bowler with nine wickets from three matches for Victoria Country, while South Australian duo Ella Wilson and Callie Wilson have seven wickets-a-piece.
The girls from Queensland are looking to go one better than their effort in the T20 Final and are on track to do so with a three-point advantage in top spot on the ladder in Pool B having won all three matches. It’s a tighter race for top spot than Pool A, with New South Wales Metro and the Cricket Australia XI nipping at their heels with two wins each. The Northern Territory and Tasmania are yet to record a win in the 50-over format and will need to overcome Queensland and the Northern Territory respectively to secure their first victory.
NSW Metro’s Angelina Genford is the leading run-scorer in the format with 153 at an impressive average of 76.50, while Amy Smith is the top placed wicket-taker in Pool B with six wickets alongside Nell Bryson-Smith (NSW Metro) and Georgia Voll (Queensland).