NT were defeated by Queensland and Victoria Metro on day 2 of the Cricket Australia Under 18 Female National Championships – both games were T20 format matches and played at KGV Oval in Glenorchy.
The decision by NT skipper, Jessica Bradley, to send Queensland in to bat after winning the toss looked sound when Medium pacer Keyra Smith took the first wicket with one run on the board. And when quick, Hiruni Liyanasrachchi Don, struck soon after, the Maroons were 2-30. Face saving third and fourth wicket partnerships lifted Queensland to 5-145 at the compulsory closure – opener Georgia Voll proved the most stubborn with 83 off 69 balls faced.
The Territory run chase began positively – Bradley (32) and fellow opener, Chelsea Gan (18), put on 50 for the first wicket. However, the NT bating failed to maintain the initial momentum and managed 5-97 at the close - falling 48 runs short.
Territory coach, Bronte Stray, believes her players settled down better today.
“We spoke about our batting yesterday and the girls seemed calmer today – we got a good start, although a bit slow and our running between wickets was better but can improve further,” Stray said.
“We lost too many runs because of poor running between wickets – that’s because the players don’t know each other particularly well. They were hesitant yesterday, but there was some improvement in that area today.
“We’re pretty happy with the bowling, particularly the spinners, and the batting order is still a work in progress – we will make further changes for the game later today.”
In the late game, NT batted first after winning the toss and were immediately in bother as the Victoria Metro quicks and right-arm orthodox spinner, Olivia Henry, reduced the top order to 5-36 after seven overs. Apart from a minor rally at the end of the innings between Ella Anderson and Chelsea Gan, the Territory batting again failed to fire and after 20 overs, they finished at 8-86. Metro medium pacer, Jess Matin, was the pick of the bowlers taking 3-9.
The Territory bowlers stepped up and reduced Metro to 5-55 at the halfway mark, however, the Victorians stuck to the task and won by three wickets – finishing 7-87. Wickets were shared by the NT bowlers and three runouts displayed solid commitment in the field.
Round 3: Queensland 5-145 (20) (Georgia Voll 83; Keyra Smith 2-24) d Northern Territory: 5-97 (20) (Jessica Bradley 32; Clodagh Ryall 2-11).
Round 2: Vic Metro 7-87 (15) d Northern Territory: 8-86 (20) (Jess Matin 3-9).