Despite a bumpy start, Queensland came home strongly to finish fourth in the girls’ Under-15 National Championships in stifling conditions in Adelaide earlier this week.
After two disappointing loses to NSW Metro and ACT/NSW Country to kick-off the tournament the Queensland girls turned around their fortunes by winning four straight to make the play-off for third spot.
NSW Metro proved too strong in the play-off despite Queensland winning the toss and posting a solid score of 6-190 on the back of a determined innings from opener Georgia Voll (55 from 95 balls) and a quick-fire 44 from 35 balls by Ruth Johnston.
NSW Metro (3/191) reached the target with three overs to spare.
Previously, Queensland proved too strong for Western Australia in the third-round match that was called off due to the heat and the Duckworth-Lewis scoring system applied.
After winning the toss and electing to bat, Western Australia posted 5-64 but an unbeaten 27 to Ellie Johnston laid a strong foundation and the Queensland girls reached 1-51 in the 10th over to finish 26 runs ahead of the adjusted total.
The fourth-round T20 match against South Australia was cancelled due to the extreme heat.
In their round 5 match against Victoria Metro, Queensland posted a strong 2-140 after losing the toss and batting first. Top order batters Ellie Johnston (29), Voll (44) and Charli Knott (33 not out) all made good contributions for Queensland. Vic Metro could only reach 9-95 before their overs ran out.
A superb bowling display was the highlight of Queensland’s sixth-round 10-wicket win against Tasmania. Having restricted the opposition to just 43, Queensland needed only 4.4 overs to get the job done with openers Ruby Blunn (20 not out) and Ellie Johnston (11 not out) seeing their side home.
A bonus-point win to Queensland against Vic Country in the seventh round helped the Queenslanders jump up into fourth position and the third-place play-off. Ruby Strange (45) was outstanding with the bat for Queensland, who posted 185.
Vic Country set about chasing the total with a number of batters getting starts but could only manage 9-141 in their allotted overs.
Jade Allen (NSW Metro)
Deni Baker (ACT/NSW Country)
Darcie Brown (SA)
Kayla Burton (ACT/NSW Country)
Jessica Davidson (ACT/NSW Country)
Grace Dignam (ACT/NSW Country)
Hannah Faux (ACT/NSW Country)
Tess Flintoff (VIC Metro)
Georgia Gall (VIC Country)
Angelina Genford (NSW Metro)
Molly Godsell (NSW Metro)
Hannah Green (ACT/NSW Country)
Isabella Greig (ACT/NSW Country)
Ella Hayward (VIC Metro)
Molly Healy (WA)
Emily Hinze (SA)
Ruth Johnston (QLD)
Charli Knott (QLD)
Phoebe Litchfield (ACT/NSW Country)
Arnika McGregor (VIC Country)
Meg Mettam (QLD)
Kate Peterson (NSW Metro)
Grace Pullen (TAS)
Hayley Silver-Holmes (NSW Metro)
Georgia Voll (QLD)