Eight teams stacked with the best and brightest emerging female cricketing talent met at Raymond Terrace for the McDonald’s U19 Female Country Championships, all with the goal of claiming the Carolyn ‘Russian’ Sheehan Shield. The U19 Female Country Championships represents the first stage of selection for the ACT/NSW Country team, where the final side selected competes at the Under 19 Female National Championships, to be held in April 2022.

Defending champions ACT Southern Districts got off to the best possible start in a testing fixture against North Coastal with opener Alana Horsfall racing to 49 before being run out just one shy of her half-century. Solid contributions from the middle order saw ACT Southern Districts finish on 138 runs. North Coastal looked to be in trouble after losing six wickets for only 30 runs, before Verity McDonald steadied the ship with a classy knock of 61 not out. Unfortunately, North Coastal couldn’t quite meet the required run rate to finish the chase falling 20 runs short.

Just a few fields over, Riverina’s Ebony Hoskin (3-4), Rachel Paton (3-4) and Alice Caldow (2-2) were inflicting damage with the ball, restricting Central Coast to 40 runs, an odd 63 runs short of their target.

The following round was dominated by powerful bowling duos. Central Coast’s Piper Hook and Emily Cross picked up 3-fa’s in their sides win over Greater Illawarra. ACT Southern District’s Monica Gair and Jessica Galeano did the same, taking three a-piece to dismantle the Central Northern line-up. However, the bowling duo performance of the round came from North Coastal’s Zoe Delimihalis and Samira Mitchell who picked up figures of 5-19 and 3-6, respectively.

One of the games of the tournament came in the second last round, when Greater Illawarra met Riverina. Greater Illawarra lost the toss and were sent in to bat first on a cold, wet, windy day. It was tough going for the batting side, as Greater Illawarra could only muster 70 runs from their 20 overs. But as the game of cricket goes, both teams must bat.

Riverina Opener Charlie Lamont was seeing them well as she tallied a quickfire 38 which included two well struck sixes. Riverina were sitting pretty on 53 for the loss of only three wickets, until Keira Hol and Taleha Urszulak took over. The Greater Illawarra pair grabbed six sudden wickets that put a holt to the Riverina scoreboard. Riverina with one remaining batter, six remaining balls and two remaining runs to draw the scores level. Greater Illawarra placing their faith in the hands of rising star Lily Savelli. Second ball of the final over… WIDE! One required to secure a draw, two to win. Savelli swings it in with the wind… BOWLED! Greater Illawarra rejoice knowing they have just pulled off an outstanding team victory in an absolute belter of a match! (Watch the game here)

It came down to the final regular round to lock in pool placings (see below). Central Coast booked their place in the final thanks to some outstanding bowling from Piper Hooke (4-9) and Grace Dignam (5-8). Over in pool 2, ACT Southern Districts achieved a perfect four from four and their spot in the big dance after chasing down Greater Illawarra’s total.

After three days of competitive representative cricket, it was ACT Southern Districts who defended their crown as winners of the Carolyn ‘Russian’ Sheehan Shield. Congratulations to this talented side who remained unbeaten throughout the championships, and to Grace Lyons who was named Player of the Final for her winning innings of 32 not out.

The Under 19 McDonald’s Women’s Country Championships  could not happen without the outstanding contribution and commitment by a wide variety of people. Cricket NSW would like to extend a heart-felt thank you to those parties:

Raymond Terrace Cricket Club and all its volunteers

Guy Marks—head groundsmen, umpires and scorers

Coaches, managers, players and parents who have travelled to show support

McDonalds and Kookaburra Sports for their support of Country Cricket NSW programs

McDonald’s U19 Women’s Country Championship Ladder
Pool 1

Rank

Team

P

W

L

D

Points

NRR

1

Central Coast

4

3

1

0

18

-0.29

2

Riverina

4

2

2

0

13

0.84

3

Greater Illawarra

4

2

2

0

13

0.65

4

Newcastle

4

0

4

0

0

1.62


Pool 2

Rank

Team

P

W

L

D

Points

NRR

1

ACT Southern Districts

4

4

0

0

24

0.95

2

Central Northern

4

3

1

0

18

0.79

3

North Coastal

4

2

2

0

12

0.16

4

Western

4

0

4

0

0

-1.37

 

Top 5 Runs Scorers
1. Claire McGuirk (Central Northern)

Matches

Runs

Average

High Score

5

98

24.50

44

2. Callee Black (Western)

Matches

Runs

Average

High Score

5

97

19.40

47


3. Alana Horsfall (ACT Southern Districts)

Matches

Runs

Average

High Score

5

96

24.00

49


4. Charlie Lamont (Riverina)

Matches

Runs

Average

High Score

5

95

19.00

38


5. Lucy McKelvie-Hill (Riverina)

Matches

Runs

Average

High Score

5

84

16.80

27


Top 5 Wicket Takers
1. Piper Hook (Central Coast)

Matches

Overs

Runs

Wickets

BBI

5

16.5

38

10

4/9


2. Zoe Delimihalis (North Coastal)

Matches

Overs

Runs

Wickets

BBI

5

12.2

73

10

5/19


3. Monica Gair (ACT Southern Districts)

Matches

Overs

Runs

Wickets

BBI

5

20

59

8

3/5


4. Grace Dignam (Central Coast)

Matches

Overs

Runs

Wickets

BBI

5

21

60

8

5/8


5. Amy Corbett (Western)

Matches

Overs

Runs

Wickets

BBI

5

9

44

6

2/1


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