The Youth Premier League campaigns of Northern Rivers’ under-14 and under-17 female teams kicked off at the weekend — and the region could not have asked for a better start.
Both outfits claimed victory against the Highlanders at Strathdale Park in Bendigo on Sunday, with the older age group dominating its clash from start to finish.
Yea Tigers duo Abby Christie (2-18) and Ruby O’Dwyer (2-6) led from the front with the ball for the under-17 Rivers after the Highlanders won the toss and chose to bat, dismissing the top four opposition batters between them.
Euroa’s Olivia Gall (2-0), Cobram’s Lilly Bond (2-13) and Mooroopna’s Carrie Hall (1-21) also took wickets as the Rivers rolled the Highlanders for 102.
The Rivers lost three wickets in the chase as Bond (39 not out from 51 deliveries) steered her side to success after 31 overs.
The under-14 Rivers had a tougher task at hand, but proved similarly impressive in their 27-run triumph.
After winning the toss and electing to claim first-use of the pitch, the Rivers lost two wickets on their way to a score of 2-158 from 40 overs.
Gemma Boyd (Central Park-St Brendan’s) retired not out on 27 after a 91-minute stay at the crease, paving the way for the likes of Echuca’s Grace Moyle (26), Tocumwal’s Macey White (eight from 57 deliveries) and Tongala’s Sienna Johnstone (12 not out) to showcase their talents at the crease.
Early wickets were key for the Rivers and Old Students’ Mia Earl delivered immediately before finishing with figures of 1-11 from her four overs.
Bamawm-Lockington United duo Arielle Glatte (1-10) and Maddison Pearse (1-11), Johnstone (1-8), Mooroopna’s Amani Issell (1-19) and Toolamba’s Alyse O’Connell (1-12) also took a wicket apiece as the Highlanders could only manage 6-131 from their 40 overs.