In the opening round of the Women’s 2020 National Indigenous Cricket Championship, NT was fixtured to play WA in a T20 format match at Jim McConville Oval in Alice Springs.

Despite being sent in to bat after the NT won the toss, WA got off to a good start, putting on 35 for the first wicket before medium pacer Geraldine Reid knocked over WA captain Emily Bowden. Fellow opener Kavita Pepper was next to go after she was dismissed by recently returned Territory Under 18 leg-spinner Hannah Wilson. But the yellow caps were travelling nicely and at the half-way mark were 2-109.

At the compulsory closure, WA was a respectable 5-183. Batting at four, Regina Deleeuw was a standout with 68 off 50 balls faced while medium pacer Rheanna Lotter (2-24) was the best with the ball for the NT.

In its turn at the crease, the Territory slumped to 3-39 after 10 overs, and comparatively, were no match for the Westerners. The NT ended at 6-78 after their 20 overs allocation – seamer Rikki Garlett was the pick of the WA bowlers and took 3-21 from her four overs.

Also backing up from the female Under 18 Championships was coach Bronte Stray who said after the match that there were few excuses for the magnitude of the loss.

“Our bowling needs to be much tighter – there were just too many easy runs available,” said Stray.

“Many of the girls have played together at previous carnivals but those from Alice Springs suffer from lack of solid competition on a regular basis. Other sports seem to monopolise the indigenous talent here in Alice.

“It was clear that some of the interstaters didn’t acclimatise well to the dry heat and they suffered as a result - but we will persist and look to improve as the Championship continues.”

Match Scores

Western Australia: 5-183 (20) (Regina Deleeuw 68; Rheanna Lotter 2-24 d Northern Territory: 6-78 (20) (Rikki Garlett 3-21).