Hot and blustery conditions didn’t stop Western Australia from recording their highest-ever team score in Ballarat yesterday.
Western Australia romped home in their win over Tasmania, while NSW, Victoria and South Australia also notched wins in yesterday’s Round Two one-day matches.
NSW (208) def Queensland (78)
NSW recorded a comprehensive 200-run win over Queensland in yesterday’s sweltering heat.
After winning the toss and electing to bat, NSW lost a few early wickets, but middle-order batters Jenny Taffs (46) and Stefanie Daffara (67) helped the team reach 208 off their 50 overs.
Queensland bowler Casey Ryan claimed the best figures of the match with 3/29 off 7 overs, but that was to be the only highlight for the Queenslanders.
They were bowled out for only 78 after 35 overs, with a top score of 31 coming from Alice Smith.
It was an impressive bowling display by NSW who shared the wickets around. Taryn Heddo (2/15), Ashleigh Gardner (2/10) and Emma Newman (2/12) all picked up two scalps each.
Victoria (8/186) def ACT (185)
Victoria continued their good start to the U18 tournament as the host team chased down ACT’s total with ten overs and two wickets to spare.
ACT Comets player Zoe Cooke top scored for the ACT U18’s with 61 runs, but wickets fell regularly around her until they were bowled out in the 42nd over for 185 runs.
The best bowler for Victoria was Alana King, with great figures of 4/28.
Kate Dempsey (43) and Sarah Chancellor-Goddard (34) led the ways for the Vics in the run-chase as they reached ACT’s total in the 40th over.
Wickets were shared across the ACT bowlers, with Zoe Cooke 2/33, Beth Wonder 2/43 and Jodie Hicks 2/8 recording the best figures, but their total proved too short to successfully defend.
Western Australia (3/282) def Tasmania (6/169)
Western Australia recorded their highest team score in the U18 Championships yesterday as they cruised to an easy win over Tasmania.
WA captain Chloe Piparo reached her 2nd century in as many games and days, making 117. Heather Graham also hit triple figures (106) as WA reached 3/282.
Wickets were hard to come by for the Tasmanians, with Janelle Rattenbury (2/37) the only multiple wicket taker.
In reply, Tasmania was only able to score 6/169 from their 50 overs. Paris Crowe (83 not out) was the star of the Tasmanian innings, but none of the other Tassie batters could match the fire-power shown early by WA.
Chloe Piparo also featured with the ball, taking 2/21 off 10 overs, as WA easily claimed first innings points.
South Australia (5/142) def Auckland Schoolgirls (141)
South Australia continued their impressive start to the tournament after they comfortably chased down the Auckland Schoolgirls’ total.
Auckland were unable to repeat their Round One batting heroics and were bowled out for 141 in the 47th over. Captain Lauren Down top scored with 56 runs.
Ainslee Knight bowled well for South Australia with figures of 3/20 and was well supported by Alex Price (2/10).
South Australia’s batters made light work of the total with another strong performance by a team captain today. Alex Price made 87 not out, including 10 boundaries, as SA reached the total in the 34th over to win by 5 wickets.
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First Posted 18 January, 2013 1:28PM AEST