The future of the women’s game is looking very bright in NSW, if the Cricket Australia Under 18 National Championships are anything to go by. Taking place in Canberra, the first leg saw NSW Metro face ACT/NSW Country in the finals of the inaugural Twenty20 title.
After dominate performance over the week, both sides secured their spot in the final after posting wins in the final round of matches. In a tightly fought contest, it was NSW Metro who proved too strong on the day, despite ACT/NSW Country posting a very competitive total of 3-131.
ACT/NSW Country batted first in the final and young, up and coming Lendlease Breaker Tahlia Wilson was instrumental, scoring 72 off just 61 balls including seven fours and one six in what appeared to be a match-winnings innings.
Madeline Penna dug deep with the ball, claiming 2-11 including the wicket of Lendlease Breaker Rachel Trenaman who was trapped lbw for 25.
NSW Metro suffered just the one hiccup in reply, losing opener Hannah Darlington for 27, but it had little effect as Maddy Darke (41) and Lendlease Breaker Saskia Horley (25) combined beautifully to guide their side to victory by nine wickets.
The championships now turn to the one-day format of the day, with the first round of the 50-over competition getting underway over the weekend.
Newly crowned Twenty20 champs NSW Metro met ACT/NSW Country in the opening fixture, recording a draw after the match was abandoned.
Today ACT/NSW Country will face Queensland, and NSW Metro will face South Australia.
For a full breakdown of fixtures, click here.