National and state girls' cricket championships impacted by heatwave

ANOTHER early start for the Australian Under-18 Girls’ Cricket Championships in Ballarat today.

The first of two rounds of twenty20 games begins at 9am in an effort to avoid the worst of the heat with a maximum 40 degrees again forecast.

TODAY’S MATCHES

MORNING

New South Wales v Queensland (St Patrick’s College No.1)

Victoria v ACT (St Patrick’s College No.2)

South Australia v Tasmania (Ballarat Grammar School)

Western Australia v Auckland Schoolgirls (Ballarat Clarendon College)

AFTERNOON

New South Wales v ACT (Ballarat Grammar School )

Victoria v Tasmania (Ballarat Clarendon College)

South Australia v Auckland Schoolgirls (St Patrick’s College No.2)

Western Australia v Queensland (St Patrick’s College  No.1)

STATE JUNIOR CRICKET CALLED OFF

HEAT has also impacted the Victorian under-14 and under-16 girls’ cricket championships in Melbourne

For the second day in a row head has forced the cancellation of matches.

CRAMP THWARTS TEENAGERS OPEN CHALLENGE

For those who could not stay up until 1.30am, emerging Australian teenager Nick Kyrgios lost his second round match to Frenchman Benoit Paire in five sets in the Australian Open.

He went down 6-7 6-7 6-4 6-2 6-2.

He was the last remaining Australian male in the singles draw after the loss of Thanasi Kokkinakis to Rafael Nadal earlier in the day.

Kyrgios was unable to play freely in the last half of the fifth set owing to severe cramp in his right leg.

Two Australian women remain in the singles draw.

Sam Stosur meets Ana Ivanoic in a third round match tonight at 7pm.

Casey Dellacqua plays a third round match against Jie Zheng this afternoon.

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