NT were fixtured to square off against South Australia and Tasmania at the Cricket Australia Under 18 Female National Championships. The games represent Semi-final and Final Rounds of the T20 competition – University Oval in Sandy Bay was the venue for both matches.
Together with a number of other games, the Semi-final match against South Australia was washed out.
The afternoon match got underway with Tasmania choosing to field after winning the toss.
“We didn’t believe the rain affected the wicket so we probably would have bowled anyway so losing the toss was no advantage or disadvantage,” said NT coach, Bronte Stray.
Despite a solid performance by opener and captain Jessica Bradley at the top of the order, an early run-out followed almost immediately by two further wickets didn’t help the Territory cause – they were 3-50 at the half-way mark. Then step up Keyra Smith (25) who with Bradley (43 n.o.) put on 72 for the fourth wicket – Smith was caught off the final ball of the innings with the score at 4-101.
A 57-run opening partnership was the platform the Tasmanians were looking for and at the half-way mark they were 1-58 – comparatively, eight runs better than the NT.
When Ella Anderson removed dogged opener Kate Sherriff (40) the NT looked in a winning position, but the Tassie batters were brave and did the job.
“As we suspected, the wicket had no demons and with a few more runs, which has been the story of the Championship so far, a win was not out of the question,” said Stray after the match.
“We move into the 50-overs games tomorrow and will look to tweak the batting order and hopefully it will suit our players better. The longer game will allow our batters time to build an innings so the message will be to stay around a bit.
“We can also experiment a bit more with our bowlers – it’s difficult in the shorter games.”
Semi-final: Northern Territory v South Australia – match abandoned due to rain.
Final: Tasmania 6-103 (17.1) (Kate Sherriff 40; Ella Anderson 2-5) d Northern Territory: 4-101 (20) (Jessica Bradley 43 n.o., Keyra Smith 25).