New South Wales and Victoria continued their strong start to the Under-15 National Championships in Western Sydney yesterday, while Western Australia recorded its first win for the tournament.
In a flurry of runs on day two of the Championship, an incredible 124 runs from star batter Amy Edgar saw NSW post an imposing 9/218 from their 40 overs against South Australia. The task was always going to be difficult for SA to chase down, which was magnified when they lost early wickets to be 2 for 1.
South Australia fought bravely to post 8/120, led by Tait Mackrill (45 not out). The NSW bowlers were all imposing with Belinda Vakarewa picking up the best figures of the NSW bowlers (3-19 from her 8 overs), while Carly Leeson chipped in with 2-18 off 4 overs. The pick of the South Australian bowlers was Kelly Armstrong, with impressive figures of 3-19 off 6 overs.
Victoria also continued their run of form with a strong win over the ACT. Victoria’s opening partnership of 69 set an imposing target of 4/168 off 40 overs, spearheaded by opening batter Makinley Blows (96 not out). The ACT struggled to take many wickets with Mia Davidson (2-7 off 5 overs) the only multiple wicket-taker.
In the run chase, the ACT lost early wickets to slump to 4-11. Naomi McDonald (47) and some lower order hitting from Sarah Seckold-McIntyre (21) rebuilt their team’s innings, which saw the ACT go on to post a competitive 11/121 from their 40 overs. Victoria’s opening bowler Hayleigh Brennan was the pick of the bunch with figures of 6-30 off 8 overs, while fellow opening bowling Claire Nolte (2-9 off 7 overs) was the only other multiple wicket-taker.
Meanwhile, Western Australia notched its first win of the tournament, after chasing down Queensland’s 7/136 from their 40 overs. After electing to bat, a top order collapse saw Queensland lose 3 for 10 (to be 4 for 61), though a middle order revival from Georgia Prestwidge (33) & Eliza Flynn (24) steered Queensland back on track. The best of the WA bowlers was Chloe Wain and Meg Thompson who picked up two wickets each.
In reply, WA got off to a great start with a 60 run opening partnership. Opener Alison Overton hit 55 runs while some lower order hitting from Chloe Wain (19) saw WA to 7/152 from their 40 overs. Jordan Russell was the standout bowler for Queensland with 3-13 from 7 overs.
First Posted 30 November, 2012 2:47PM AEST