As the Open Grand Finals were being run and won on Saturday at Casey Stadium, the Junior divisions of the Indoor Cricket National Championships begun.
After two and a half days of matches, the competition is in full swing, with early favourites showing their potential.
17 and Under Girls
Victoria Blue are leading the charge on home soil in the 17 and Under Girls competition at Casey Stadium. The side haven’t dropped a match on the way to a six point lead in top spot. Queensland and the ACT have both lost just the single match and round out the top three. Jaide Anthony from Victoria Blue has struck 83 runs to lead the individual batting totals, whilst Stephanie Beazleigh of South Australia and Ryleigh Wotherspoon of Queensland have each taken seven wickets to lead the bowling statistics.
17 and Under Boys
Local hopes Victoria have started the 17 and Under Boys competition, winning their first three matches. Taking all twelve skins on offer from those clashes, the Vics sit comfortably on top of the ladder with 21 points. New South Wales Metro and South Australia round out the top three, both taking the two victories from three matches. Jake Richter of Queesland has hit 62 runs to lead the comp for most runs scored and Jonathan D'Rozario from Victoria has taken six wickets to do so for most wickets taken.
15 and Under Boys
The Australian Capital Territory and Western Australia share top spot after an undefeated start to the 15 and Under Boys division. The two sides have a game in hand over third placed New South Wales Metro, whilst Victoria Metro sit in fourth, winning their first two matches. 106 runs from the bat of Gustav McKeon of Western Australia is the most so far by any player in the 15 and Under Boys, whilst Toby Schofield’s (NSW Metro) six wickets see him leading the field in terms of bowling.
14 and Under Girls
Sitting in first place on the ladder in the 14 and Under Girls is South Australia. The South Aussies have started their National Champs with an undefeated record and taken ten skins, whilst New South Wales Metro sit second, followed by Queensland. Isobella Nitschke of South Australia is leading the way for the rest of the field after scoring 56 runs from her three games, whilst five wickets each from Grace Augustine and Tyra Cooper of NSW Metro is the benchmark so far with the ball.
13 and Under Boys
In the 13 and Under Boys, Victoria Blue have taken seventeen points and first place on the ladder from their two wins and one loss to start the tournament. Following the ‘Big V’ is South Australia Red and New South Wales Metro. William McNamara of New South Wales Metro is the leading run scorer so far in the 13 and Under Boys, hitting 67 from three hits, whilst Benjaman Cranny of WA has taken eight wickets to lead out the bowling stats.