THE future of the women’s game is looking very bright in NSW, if the Cricket Australia under 18 National Championships are anything to go by.
Taking place in Canberra, the first leg saw NSW Metro face ACT/NSW Country, which included West Cambewarra’s Naomi Woods, in the finals of the inaugural Twenty20 title.
After dominate performance over the week, both sides secured their spot in the final after posting wins in the final round of matches.
In a tightly fought contest, it was NSW Metro who proved too strong on the day, despite ACT/NSW Country posting a very competitive total of 3/131.
ACT/NSW Country batted first in the final and young, up and coming star Tahlia Wilson was instrumental, scoring 72 off just 61 balls including seven fours and one six in what appeared to be a match-winnings innings.
Madeline Penna dug deep with the ball, claiming 2-11 including the wicket of Rachel Trenaman, who was trapped lbw for 25.
NSW Metro suffered just the one hiccup in reply, losing opener Hannah Darlington for 27, but it had little effect as Maddy Darke (41) and Lendlease Breaker Saskia Horley (25) combined beautifully to guide their side to victory by nine wickets.
During her four games played during the T20 format, Woods claimed one wicket, at an average of 65, strike rate of 72 and economy of 5.4.
The championships then turned to the one-day format of the day, with the first round of the 50-over competition getting underway at the weekend.
Woods’ ACT/NSW Country drew its opening two one-day matches against NSW Metro and Queensland, due to the wet and are scheduled to play South Australia on December 6.