The 2018 National Indoor Cricket Championships are underway in Toowoomba, and in the 21 & Under Women's competition, Queensland and Victoria are battling for top-spot.
Victoria v Queensland
Court 6 at the Toowoomba Indoor Sports Centre saw Victoria play the undefeated Queensland this morning. Batting first, Victoria posted a total of 79-runs thanks to strong partnerships from Paris Rafferty & Emma Medland (28) and Alyssa Humphries & Georgie Peel (22).
In the chase, Queensland showed their depth with their first two partnerships posting 65-runs collectively. With Emily Vallance and Gillian Chalmers posting a further 29-runs as the third batting pair, there was one requirement for final batters Christina Coulsen and Blayne Gibbs; don't loose wickets. Despite a low total of 14, Coulsen and Gibbs held their nerve to see Queensland finish the match on 108, winners by 29-runs.
South Australia v Victoria
Fresh off a tough loss this morning, Victoria’s second game of the day was against South Australia.
Again, Victoria batted first seeing Paris Rafferty and Emma Medland (35) display a strong opening partnership. Despite a partnership of 0 from their second batting pairs, strong efforts from batting pairs two and three saw Victoria reach a competitive 96 run total.
In reply, South Australia scored slow, but consistently. From their first three batting pairs, the South Australian’s posted a score of 64, leaving a 33-run target for their final batters in Chloe Lyons and Tarlee Meaney. Despite scoring 25 from their first three overs, the pair could only manage 5-runs from the last over, resulting in a 2-run win to Victoria.
In the division that features three sides, Queensland currently sit on top of the table on 17 points, whilst Victoria (16 points) trail by only one. Sitting on bottom of the table, South Australia have only managed to earn 2 points via skins thus far.
For full fixtures, live scores and results, visit www.indoor.cricket.com.au.