Promising fast bowler and New South Wales Under 18 representative Stella Campbell has produced an excellent performance on international debut for the Women’s Australian Under 19 team in a tense nine-run win over an England Women’s Academy side in South Africa on Thursday.
In the opening match of the tri-series between the Australian Under 19s, England Women’s Academy and South Africa Emerging Women, Campbell returned the impressive figures of 3-28 from 6.5 overs.
The 15-year-old Sydney Sixers rookie claimed the final two wickets of the match to bowl out England for 160 and clinch the victory in a memorable debut for her nation.
Australia was earlier bowled out for 169 in the 48th over with emerging Lendlease Breakers batter Tahlia Wilson making a solid start to the Australian innings with her opening partner Queensland Fire player and Brisbane Heat rookie Josie Dooley.
In a 76-run opening partnership, Wilson scored 27 runs from 61 balls. Dooley top-scored for Australia with 39 from 60 deliveries.
Sydney Thunder allrounder Hannah Darlington was also impressive in the middle-order for Australia. Her attacking approach resulted in a quick fire 25 from 32 deliveries.
Darlington was also recently selected as a member of the first women’s Aboriginal XI to tour the United Kingdom in June.
In reply, England were on the back foot early. Australia struck twice within the first five overs to reduce the English Academy to 2-34. Campbell claimed one of those vital wickets.
England regained the upper hand through Sophia Dunkley, who steadied the ship for her country, scoring 57 from 62 balls.
However, Australia was not about to stop fighting. England lost 6-43 to be bowled out in the 35th over.
The England lower order struggled to negotiate Campbell and the Australian bowlers. The last four wickets fell for just 15 runs.
The daughter of Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland, Annabel Sutherland (3-20), with Campbell led the way for the Australian attack.
Australian captain and emerging Breakers player Rachel Trenaman (1-15), and young Breakers allrounder Saskia Horley (1-9), also made valuable contributions with the ball.
The Australian team plays against South Africa Emerging Women at Hammanskraal Oval on Saturday.