On day one of the Cricket Australia Under 18 Female National Championships in Tasmania the NT played a Cricket Australia XI (Round 1) and Western Australia (Round 2) in the T20 format.
The Territory team is supplemented by a number of Queensland women and Tasmanian, Hannah Wilson. Leg spinner Wilson played for the NT at the 2019 National Indigenous Cricket Championship and is currently working on her craft while playing first grade ladies in Tasmania.
The NT is coached by Alice Spring Statewide Super Academy Coach, Bronte Stray. Stray has been an Alice Springs resident for five years and represented the Territory at the Women’s Country Carnival. The coach is under no illusions about the task ahead and before the first day of play said her greatest challenge may be to work the team into a unit.
“We’ve had to call in players, mainly from Queensland, to make up the numbers but that happens in the men’s Under 17 and Under 19 teams as well,” Stray said.
“I haven’t met some of the players so the initial challenge will be to mould a team. I don’t envisage much of a problem in that regard because the players are all aware of the importance of the Championship and where it can lead in the world of women’s cricket.”
In the morning session played at Pontville Park - 28 kilometres north of Hobart – the NT was always on the back foot, totalling 8-79 at the closure after winning the toss and electing to bat. Bowling honours were shared by CA XI.
Despite an early wicket by Ella Anderson, CA ran down the Territory total – winning by six wickets in 18.2 overs.
In the afternoon game the NT again won the toss and batted but the outcome was similar - losing three wickets - including a run-out without a run on the board - inside the first five overs.
The batting slide continued, and the NT was bowled out for 51 after 14.5 overs. Best with the bat was Emma Jackson – 23 off 26 balls faced. WA medium pacer, Jacqui Naidoo took the bowling honours with 3-13.
WA openers Georgia Wyllie (23 n.o.) and Samantha Pope (21 n.o.) chased down the meagre Territory total with 10 overs to spare.
Round 1: CA XI 4-82 (Clare Levings 35) d Northern Territory: 8-79 (Holly Simmons 2-2).
Round 2: Western Australia 0-52 (Georgia Wyllie 23 n.o., Samantha Pope 21 n.o.) d Northern Territory: 10-51 (Emma Jackson 23; Jacqui Naidoo 3-13).