Three teams are undefeated after the first two rounds of the National Under-18 Female Cricket Championships in Bendigo.
South Australia, New South Wales Metro and ACT/NSW Country started the carnival with two impressive Twenty20 wins.
Victoria Country, Victoria Metro, Queensland and the Cricket Australia XI split their opening matches, while Western Australia, Northern Territory and Tasmania are yet to open their account.
South Australia's thrilling one run win over Western Australia was the highlight of round one.
The Twenty20 matches started at 9am because of the hot conditions, but the heat didn't stop the players from producing some impressive performances.
After winning the toss and batting at the QEO, SA posted 8-112 off 20 overs.
Opener Katie Rowe batted superbly for SA and made 40 off 50 balls, including four boundaries.
Rachel Church (26) and Emma de Broughe (21) ensured SA reached triple figures. Zoe Britcliffe and Ashlee King took two wickets each for WA.
In reply, openers Gorgia Platten and Zoe Britcliffe gave WA a bright start.
They addeded 55 for the first wicket before Britcliffe fell for 22.
At 1-80 off 14 overs WA looked on track for victory.
However, in the next three overs WA lost 4-5 to be 5-85 with three overs left.
Stephanie Beazleigh (3-11) did the damage with the ball for SA.
WA worked hard to whittle the equation down to eight runs off the final six balls.
Taylah Gregory bowled the final over for SA and WA batters Ashlee King and Olivia Purnell added five runs off the first three balls of the over.
The fourth delivery was a dot ball before WA scampered a single, leaving the equation two runs off the last ball.
King was run out by Rachel Church off the final ball and SA celebrated a one-run win.
Host team Victoria Country opened its account with a six-wicket win over Northern Territory at Dower Park.
Northern Territory's Ruby Strange (37) and Kira Holmes (26) led the visitors 4-107 off 20 overs.
Victoria Country cashed down the total for the loss of four wickets and with 11 balls to spare.
Sophie Van De Heuvel belted seven boundaries in her fine knock of 51, while Lucy Cripps made 29.
Kangaroo Flat's Jasmine Nevins finished six not out off four balls.
ACT/NSW Country edged out Victoria Metro in a low-scoring clash at Eaglehawk.
ACT/NSW Country bowled out Victoria Metro for just 65, with Anika Learoyd, Lara Graham and Allison McGrath taking two wickets each.
ACT/NSW Country looked set for a comfortable win, but a middle-order collapse gave Vic Metro a glimmer of hope.
The ACT/NSW Country tailenders held firm and scored the winning runs with seven balls to spare.
Eve Sheehan, Holly Spencer and Olivia Thomas took two wickets each for Vic Metro.
Queensland scored a 51-run win over Tasmania at Weeroona Oval.
Queensland opener Charli Knott batted through the innings and made 47 off 54 balls. Ellie Johnston (27) and Lilly Mills (24) helped Queensland to an imposing total of 5-152.
Amy Smith took 3-26 for Tasmania.
Tasmania batted through its 20 overs and made 7-101, with Emma Manix-Geeves making 21 not out.
Neve Lynch and Emily Vallance were the most successful bowlers for Queensland.
In the final game of round one, NSW Metro was stretched all the way by the Cricket Australia XI.
Chasing the CA XI's score of 5-104. NSW Metro won with just three balls to spare.
CA XI's Ruth Johnston produced the best all-round performance of round one.
Johnston made 44 off 44 balls with the bat and took 3-11 with the ball.
NSW Metro opening bowler Isabelle Afaras had the impressive figures of 3-7 off four overs.
NSW Metro stamped its authority with a dominant batting performance against Victoria Country at Harry Trott Oval.
NSW Metro smashed 3-187 off its 20 overs, with opening pair Hannah Darlington and Maddy Darke in brilliant form.
The duo added 105 for the first wicket, with Darke belting 61 off 47 balls and Darlington 53 off 46 balls.
Olivia Porter put the icing on the cake with a quickfire 35 off 17 balls.
Victoria Country made 8-108 off its 20 overs. Alyssa Humphries (25) and Merinda Hale (20) were best with the bat.
Kangaroo Flat’s Jasmine Nevins made eight not out for Victoria Country.
Isabella Malgioglio and Shivani Mehta both took 3-18 for NSW Metro.
At Weeroona Oval, South Australia cruised to an eight-wicket win over Queensland on the back of a fine half-century from Katie Rowe and a four-wicket haul to opening bowler Bella Smith.
Rowe made an unbeaten 55 as South Australia reeled in Queensland’s total of 7-106 with nine balls to spare.
Rachel Church made 21 for SA and was involved in a 68-run second-wicket partnership with Rowe.
Earlier, Smith ripped through the Queensland line-up and finished with 4-15 off four overs. Courtney Sippel (33 off 38 balls) top scored for Queensland.
A slick 59 not out off 49 balls from Sarah Young helped propel ACT/NSW Country to a comfortable win over Northern Territory.
Chasing the NT’s score of 7-103, Young hit seven fours to guide her side home with more than six overs remaining.
Allison McGrath (3-5) and Lara Graham (3-14) bowled superbly for ACT/NSW Country. Jessica Bradley (33 off 37 balls) was best with the bat for NT.
The young guns from the Cricket Australia XI proved too good for WA.
The CA XI bowled tightly to restrict WA to 9-78 at Canterbury Park.
Phoebe Litchfield then made 38 not out with the bat to ensure the CA XI had few troubles in chasing down the total for the loss of just three wickets.
In the late game at the QEO, Victoria Metro (6-118) defeated Tasmania (70).
DAY TWO DRAW
With a forecast temperature of 43 degrees for Tuesday, the starting times for round three and four have been moved.
Round three games will start at 9am, with the round four matches to start from 5pm.
Round three: 9am – ACT/NSW Country v Queensland at QEO, Northern Territory v Victoria Metro at Canterbury Park, Tasmania v Western Australia at Dower Park, South Australia v NSW Metro at Harry Trott Oval, Cricket Australia XI v Victoria Country at Weeroona Oval.
Round four: 5pm – Northern Territory v Tasmania at Canterbury Park, Victoria Metro v Queensland at Dower Park, Cricket Australia XI v South Australia at Harry Trott Oval, Victoria Country v Western Australia at Weeroona Oval. 6.30pm – ACT/NSW Country v NSW Metro at QEO.
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