NT faced Queensland in Round 10 at the Cricket Australia Under 18 Female National Championships. The 50-overs format game was played at Ingarmells Oval near Launceston.
Queensland won the toss and followed the lead of others by deciding to field, however, with a much-improved batting demeanour, NT made the Maroons work hard for their wickets.
Although sedate, opener Chelsea Gan clearly put a price on her wicket and was proving difficult to remove. After losing fellow opener Hiruni Liyanarachchi Don early, Gan’s partnership with skipper Jessica Bradley was blossoming until Bradley copped a blow to the elbow and had to retire on 17.
“We were going along pretty well until Jess (Bradley) got one on the elbow – she left the field and had treatment from the physio,” said NT coach Bronte Stray.
Undeterred, Gan (37) batted on and was the fifth wicket to fall. Thereafter the tail struggled and at the closure, the Territory was a respectable 9-147. Off-spinner Georgia Voll (4-10) was the main destroyer with the ball.
The NT got off to the best possible start with the ball when Keyra Smith removed opener Ellie Johnston without a run on the board. But Voll, who top scored for Queensland against the Territory in the T20 round of games, again proved an obstacle, and with captain, Charli Knott, put on 92 for the second wicket – both scored half-centuries and Queensland won by five wickets.
“We didn’t win but achieved a number of targets today,” Stray said after the game.
“Batting 50-overs was proof that the girls can do it against good sides and our bowling lines were good, but we need to take the chances that are offered when in the field. We dropped some easy catches at crucial moments and you can’t do that against quality opposition.”
Queensland: 5-149 (29.3) (Georgia Voll 57, Charli Knott 55; Keyra Smith 2-17) d Northern Territory: 9-147 (50) (Chelsea Gan 37; Georgia Voll 4-10).