New South Wales batted first against Queensland in the morning, making 8/151 with Ziebell (33) and Keen (29) their best bats with Seng 3/23 and Salermo 3/31 with best bowling. QLD were bowled out for 102 in reply with Lowry scoring 31, Price 3/9 and Engelbrecht 3/14 the best for NSW.
South Australia defeated Western Australia in a tight contest. Making 8/128 in their innings, they backed up their batting with some tight bowling, restricting WA to 4/125 from the 20 overs to get the victory. Stratford (35), McInerney (35*) were the best for SA, whilst O’Connell (56) Renton 3/19 and Rushmore 3/19 were WA’s best.
The T20 final attracted a strong local crowd on a night of highlights and outstanding quality of cricket as New South Wales took on Queensland in a state of origin clash for the T20 title. The toss was won by NSW and chose to bat and lost a wicket early before Moran and Ziebell took charge of the innings, Moran making 50 but the story of the night was the innings of Caleb Ziebell. The 21yo hit an astonishing 110* off 60 balls, including 5 fours and 6 sixes to get his team to 3/190 and an almost impossible task for Queensland.
Queensland gave it their best effort and were valiant in their run chase with Fox (36) and captain Spargo (36) the best, however the total was just too high and the bowling of Keen 4/19 and Suidgeest 2/22 just didn’t allow the Queenslanders to get the runs required, finishing on 151 and New South Wales winning the T20 trophy.
Round 1 & 2
The women’s competition began with Victoria taking on Queensland with Victoria making 2/113 with Yates making 40 and Moscript 38*. In response, Queensland made 9/109 to just fall short in the end with Cooper making 29 and Moscript backing up the batting with 3/24. In the other game, NT played a strong NSW side, making 56 in their innings before NSW chased it down, Cady making 35* in the run chase, a good hit out with both sides playing with great spirit and sportsmanship.
South Australia batted first making 5/185 in a massive total featuring a hundred from Brittany Perry, an amazing achievement in being the first ever century scored in women’s competition at the country championships. She led her team to victory over WA who scored 6/119. Brittany backed that up with a 55 against EAP later in the day to give SA an unbeaten start to the competition. We caught up with Brittany Post game to hear her thoughts on her innings and the country champs so keep an eye out for that interview.
LEADING RUN SCORERS
LEADING WICKET TAKERS
LEADING CATCHES (Fielders)
LEADING STUMPINGS AND CATCHES (WICKET KEEPERS)
Day 3 Highlights