VICTORIA’s campaign to become the under-18 female national cricket champion has fallen short at the final hurdle, with the side suffering a two-wicket loss to New South Wales in yesterday’s championship play-off at Eastern Oval.
After winning the toss and electing to bat first, Victorian openers Makinley Blows and Bec Carter made a promising start as the pair put on 37 runs for the opening wicket.
NSW bowled out the Victorian squad for 107 runs in 47.3 overs in the first innings.
After the changeover NSW lost its eighth wicket with six runs still needed for victory, but got home with 41 balls to spare.
Victorian coach Duncan Harrison said despite the loss, the team had put in a fantastic effort across the championships.
“It was expected to be a tight game and we were hoping for a win,” Harrison said.
“The team has been amazing and they are a sensational group, but they just couldn’t quite get over the last hurdle.
“They coped with bad weather and carried through injuries during the championship.”
Three-time Victorian player Clair Nolte said it would have been great to win the championship.
“I fielded well, but I was disappointed with the loss,” she said.
Cricket Australia Under-18 Female National Championships results
Victoria 107 (A Horton 3-26, A Gardner 2-11, L Smith 2-17) lt New South Wales
8-109 (A Gardner 30, N Hancock 3-28, S Molineux 2-17, R O’Donnell 2-19) Eastern Oval
Queensland 9-121(cc), (JL BARSBY 33, A Price 2-13, AJ Wellington 2-17) d South Australia
10-74, (AJ Wellington 25, H Birkett 4-9, JL BARSBY 2-2) Wendouree Turf
Western Australia 127, (P Cleary 53*, NJ McDonald 4-16, K Cornish 2-19, Z Cooke 2-21) d ACT 111
(Z Cooke 38, P Cleary 4-13, H Graham 3-13, M Cameron 2-16) Northern Oval
Auckland Schoolgirls 2-91, (S Shahri 38, N Van Tilberg 36*) d Tasmania
89, (D Rooke 36, L Watts 5-7, S Naidu 2-10, F Wilkinson 2-11)