18 April 2011
New South Wales have firmed as title favourites after three convincing wins on day two of the Esther Deason Shield, U17 Girls' Championship at Jells Park, Melbourne.
New South Wales intentions were felt from the outset scoring four runs in their opening innings against South Australia in the first game of the morning. The pressure continued for South Australia with New South Wales scoring a further two runs in the third and then three runs in the fourth to lead by nine runs.
Another run was added at the next as South Australia required a small miracle to continue the game past the fifth innings. Unfortunately they could not manage to score off the pitching of Emma Bridge who closed out the game 10-0.
New South Wales next met Day One leaders the ACT. After their great start to the Championship, ACT could not match the batting attack of New South Wales who scored two runs in the first, third and fourth innings with the ACT only managing a single run in the seventh as New South Wales won 6-1.
In New South Wales final game they came up against Victoria who were looking for their first elusive win. Victoria started well scoring two runs in the first innings but that is where it ended, not able to match the dominate display of New South Wales who piled on seven runs in the first innings highlighted by a Bianca Abrahams homerun. A further three runs in the next three innings gave New South Wales a 10-2 win after the fifth, their third game of the Championship to finish care of the run ahead rule.
West Australia finished day two in a tie for second place after winning all three of their games. West Australia defeated Victoria 8-0 in what seemed to be a tight contest. That was until the fifth innings when West Australia hit overdrive scoring 7 runs enforcing the run ahead rule.
West Australia’s second win of the day was at the hands of South Australia winning 3-1 and then moving on to defeat one of the top contenders for this year’s title, Queensland. Like they had done in their earlier two games, West Australia put scoreboard pressure on in the first innings scoring three runs. Lisa Pitt scored their first run, followed by Shannon Hearne crunching a double just out of the centre fields reach scoring Allanah Alvarado and Larissa Bennell.
Pitt scored once again in the second to firmly put the game in her teams favour. The match tightened with neither team able to score over the next four innings until Queensland converted a run at their last chance with the bat but could not recover the match as West Australia capped off a positive day 4-1.
ACT had a day to forget as they struggled to click in all three of their games also losing to Queensland and South Australia. Head Coach Vicki Bingley will be expecting stronger performances from her girls on day three as they head into the business end of the Championship.
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