Game 1 vs South Australia - T20

After winning the toss and choosing to bat, Captain Amy Smith (39) and Vice-Captain Hayley Silver-Holmes (37) set the tone with that bat, as Tasmania set a total of 107. Chloe Abel got an early breakthrough to have South Australia on the backfoot, but the batter formed a solid partnership and chased down the total with 17 balls to spare.
Despite the loss, Tasmania could draw positives from debut representatives Ava Curtis and Shelby Leonard, who both played a key role with the ball, including a first wicket for Curtis.

 

Game 2 vs VIC Metro – T20

In the first of two T20’s they would play that day, Tassie faced off against Vic Metro, who won the toss and proceeded to make 2/151 with some classy batting. Ava Curtis (1/28) and Cassie McLoughlin (1/32) were the wicket takers for Tasmania, before Chloe Abel (12), Mel Armstrong (13*), Amy Smith (24) and Hayley Silver-Holmes (28) all made starts with the bat, but couldn’t create a match winning partnership.

 

Game 3 vs ACT/NSW Country - T20

In the afternoon fixture, ACT/NSW Country won the toss and batted first, putting on a very impressive total of 167. Shelby Leonard was the pick of the bowlers, taking 1/30 and generating numerous LBW appeals by continuing to attack the stumps.
Chasing a reasonable total, the girls weren’t going down without a fight. Skipper Amy Smith showed terrific determination and skill to compile a very mature innings – scoring 84 runs off 68 balls. Mel Armstrong supported her Captain with 17 runs off 16 balls herself, but Tassie fell 34 runs short of the target.

 

Game 4 vs NSW Metro - One-Day

Following a rest day on Saturday, Tasmania began the 50 over rounds of the tournament. After winning the toss against NSW Metro and electing to bat, Tasmania put on 222 following fantastic contributions from the top order. Amy Smith (32), Chloe Abel (20) and Mel Armstrong (28) again all got starts and kept the run rate ticking over, before Hayley Silver-Holmes (78*) and wicket-keeper Sascha Lowry (23) provided exceptional highlights towards the later stages of the innings.
After making a quick start in reply, the introduction of Smith (3/35) and Tilly Waddington (1/24) put the brakes on the NSW Metro innings. Cassandra McLoughlin and Sophia Di Venuto showed prowess with their outfield catching, and while NSW Metro chased the runs down with 9 overs to spare, the girls never gave up.

 

Game 5 vs Queensland – One-Day

No luck with the toss saw the Tassie girls fielding first again against Queensland, and what a fielding effort it was. In a truly inspiring team effort, Tasmania managed to bowl Queensland out for the first time ever in an underage tournament.
Chloe Abel and Tilly Waddington snared crucial early wickets before Queensland began to build a partnership, but continued intensity in the field brought about a change in momentum. Run outs from Amy Smith, Ava Curtis and Ella Marsh saw the game shift in Tasmania’s favour, before wonderful spells of leg-spin bowling from the skipper (2/39) and Cassandra McLoughlin (1/33) had Queensland all out for 227. It was not to be with the bat as the girls couldn’t muster enough of a reply, but there were many positives to be taken from the first half of the game. 

The U19 Girls will play their last remaining round match, a 50 over fixture vs VIC Country tomorrow at Karen Rolton Oval at 9.30am, before finishing with two T20 matches on Thursday.