The Queensland Under-18 women's team has stormed to the national T20 title with a stylish win over ACT/NSW Country last night in the T20 Final of the Cricket Australian national championships in Bendigo and Ballarat.

Queensland won by seven wickets, with a line-up including WBBL Brisbane Heat signings Charli Knott and Courtney Sippel.

Having overcome Victoria Country in the semi-finals earlier in the day, Queensland won the toss and elected to field, putting on a dominant display with the ball to restrict ACT/NSW Country to 8/95.

Anita Handono (21), Allison McGrath (18) and Sarah Young (13) all got starts for ACT/NSW Country but they lacked support, with scoring made difficult as wickets continued to fall. Lilly Mills was terrific with the ball, claiming 4-16 from her four overs, as Queensland piled on the pressure with the ball.

 

In reply Queensland looked like it was cruising, reaching 32 before opener Ellie Johnston (9) fell cheaply followed just one run later by fellow opener Charli Knott (22).

 

Mills couldn’t replicate her effort with the ball with the bat, but middle-order batters Courtney Sippel (31*) and captain Annie Wikman (19*) combined beautifully to add a further 50 runs to the total and see their side home in the 17th over.

 

The team now turns its attention to the 50-over section of the championships.