NSW Breakers and Sydney Thunder young gun Anika Learoyd has starred for the Women’s Under 19 ACT/NSW Country team during last week’s quad series in Albury averaging better than 50 with the bat.
Learoyd’s 369 runs in seven matches – four T20, two 50-over and a 40-over final – included 107 not out from just 64 balls and better-than-a-run-a-ball 98.
The quad series also involved the Women’s Under 19 Victorian Metropolitan and Country teams.
ACT/NSW Country defeated the NSW Metro Under 19 Women’s team by seven wickets in the quad series final on Tuesday with Learoyd making 61 from 54.
ACT/NSW Country did not lose a match across the six days in Albury with NSW Metro remaining undefeated against the Victorian teams.
Learoyd joined several rising stars of the WBBL as part of the six-day carnival in the beautiful Riverina region of NSW including Thunder’s Phoebe Litchfield, Sixers allrounder Hayley Silver-Holmes and Melbourne Renegades spinner Ella Hayward.
The series was the first opportunity for Under 19 female players to represent their region given the cancellation of the U19 Women’s National Championships this season due to related impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.
Newcastle’s Abbey Taylor was impressive with the ball for ACT/NSW Country leading the wicket takers for the week with 13 wickets.
Her best figures of 4-4 came against NSW Metro on the first day and she averaged 7.5 runs per wicket throughout the series.
ACT/NSW Country teammate and left-arm orthodox spinner Alisha Bates took 10 wickets at an average of 11.1.