New South Wales won the toss and elected to bat first against Queensland to try get runs on the board early and set a big total. After being 4/54 they were looking as though they’ll have to settle for a low score, however Caleb Ziebell and Jonathon Nicoll stuck it out to reach 5/159 when Ziebell fell for 48. From there, NSW lost 4/26 to finish on 8/196 with Nicoll losing his wicket late, scoring 82 in a superb innings. Stranger had figures of 2/30 off 9, whilst Roach had 2/34 off 7 for QLD. In reply, QLD lost Mitchell English first ball which was a confidence boost for NSW after he was fresh off a century. Fox then spearheaded the innings with 64 and Lowry 25. The result of the game came down to the 2nd last ball where Brenton Edwards hit a six to get the victory with 1 ball to spare, another contender for game of the tournament.
Victoria played East Asia Pacific in a low scoring affair with EAP batting first and scoring 87 all out. Boyd bowled extremely well, finishing with 5/32 and Stockdale 2/15. In reply, Victoria had little trouble chasing the score down, with Roscholler 29* and Stockdale 26* being the highlights giving Victoria victory by 7 wickets.
South Australia went down to Western Australia in a minor upset as WA made 8/186 batting first, with Buchanan hitting 38, Wood making 37 and Hutchison 35. Fidler 3/26 and Golder 2/39 were the pick of the bowlers for SA. McInerney hit a strong 49 and Wilson 27 for South Australia in reply but it wasn’t enough as SA were bowled out 2 runs short of the total to narrowly go down. Whitney 2/24 off 10 overs was the best bowler for WA, while Barningham chipping in with 2/14 off 4 with a maiden.
Queensland batted first against South Australia looking to maintain some strong form leading into finals. Baldwin and Randall batted well, displaying a wide range of shots, most notably some beautiful cover drives for four. They finished on 36 and 25 respectively as Tansell 2/15 and Jameson 2/22 kept QLD to 7/105 off 20 overs. South Australia then got off to a wonderful start with opening pair Brittany Perry and Kelly Armstrong continuing their dominance before Armstrong fell for 20. Fiebig then came in and hit 36 to get SA within a couple of runs of victory, Perry finishing on 38* and SA winning by 6 wickets. Riddell was the highlight in the field for QLD with 2 run outs.
New South Wales came up against East Asia Pacific looking to continue building towards the finals after 2 narrow last over losses. EAP sent NSW into bat first with Cady making 32 and Beaumont 26*, finishing with a total of 5/117. Arua and Oala were the standouts with 2/17 and 2/19 respectively. EAP in reply gave it all they had with some big shots all around the ground, however they just couldn’t muster the partnerships that they required with Gibson 2/14 and Jackson 2/15 the best bowlers for NSW. Tau top scored for EAP with a solid 32, NSW winning by a narrow 8 runs.
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