New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia all recorded wins on day one of the U15 Female National Championships yesterday.
Defending champions Queensland lost to South Australia after choosing to bat first in a rain-affected match. The Queenslanders got off to a decent start with a 36-run opening partnership, before losing 4 for 10 to be 4/46. Georgia Prestwidge (24 not out) offered some lower order resistance, to be the best of the bats. Queensland ended up posting 12/116 off their 38 overs.
South Australia needed 78 runs to claim the four points against Queensland and made light work of it, claiming the victory 3 wickets down. They went on post 7/126 from their 38 overs. Tabatha Saville (last year’s Tournament Leading Run Scorer) was up to her old tricks again with an impressive 40 before being run out. Queensland shared the wickets, with Jessica Carroll the best of the bowlers (3/12 off 6 overs).
New South Wales posted a strong victory over Western Australia after WA won the toss and elected to field. A strong 103-run opening partnership for NSW set up the innings with Amy Edgar & Clara Iemma leading the way. The best of the bowlers for WA was Jazmyne Roberts with 2/9 off 3 overs.
But WA were never in the hunt after losing early wickets to be 5/20. Meg Thompson was the only WA batter to reach double figures with a gutsy 30 not out. WA ended up 15/78 under the new U15 format. Saskia Horley was the pick of NSW’s impressive bowlers with 7/12 off her 8 overs.
Victoria also performed strongly to beat Tasmania on day one. Tasmania won the toss and elected to bat, posting 15/101 off their 40 overs. But early wickets put Tassie on the back foot from the start. They lost their first 10 wickets for 67, and eventually ended up with 15/101. A bottom order collapse saw them lose 5 for 17, however the highlight of the innings was a brave 44 from Caitlyn Webster. Victoria spread the wickets, with Rhiann O’Donnell (4/7 off 5 overs) the stand out. She was supported by Courtney Neale who snared 3/17 off 4 overs.
In reply, Victoria wrapped up the victory 3 wickets down, before going on to record an impressive 5/220. This massive total was led by a fourth wicket partnership of 114 between Sophie Molineux (79) & Hope Irvine (64 not out). Wickets were spread between Tasmania’s bowlers, with the best figures going to Olivia McDonald (1/17 off 4 overs).
First Posted 29 November, 2012 4:01PM AEST