Victoria will play off in today’s women’s Australian Country Cricket Championship final after a thrilling semi-final triumph against New South Wales.
At Vibert Reserve, NSW needed 14 runs to win off its final over to chase down the Vics’ 6-108, but a tight over from Courtney Neale had it fall two runs short.
It kept Victoria’s undefeated record in tact, now seven wins from as many games and favourite to raise its first women’s division banner.
After winning the toss and batting, Victoria lost Renee Moffitt early for just one run, but superstar Amy Yates (31 off 29 balls) set about getting the side on the path to a competitive total.
Teagan Parker (24) and Stephanie Townsend (23) were also helpful as the side compiled 6-108.
Kate Jackson proved venomous with the ball for NSW, taking 3-15.
With the bat, NSW looked on the ropes at 4-31, but Jackson stepped up with a huge 40 off 36 balls, a knock including two mammoth sixes.
But Emma Gallagher took Jackson’s vital wicket late in the contest and NSW would not recover, Chelsea Moscript and Townsend taking two wickets each.
Victoria will face the winner of the second semi-final between Western Australia and Queensland in today’s final, to be played at Vibert Reserve at 1.30pm.
●Western Australia has sealed the overall men’s championship for the first time since 2014, on the back of brilliant one-day form.
The side won its first three one-dayers — against Victoria, Queensland and South Australia — to rocket to the top of the overall ladder and have the title sewn up with a game still to play.
Leading the side has been opening batsman Aaron Burrage, who with one-day scores of 62, 46 and 87 before an unbeaten 110 against New South Wales has clearly been the best performed batsman of the carnival.
The side will face Victoria in today’s one-day final at Mooroopna Recreation Reserve, after the Vics won well against South Australia at Tallygaroopna yesterday to seal second on the ladder.
Batting first, Jordan Moran posted his side’s first century of the tournament, making a strong 111.
It helped Victoria to 8-233 from 50 overs, before the bowlers stepped up and dismissed SA for 108.
Ben Boyd again led the wicket-taking with 3-28, now with a brilliant 18 wickets at 10.3 for the ACCC.
Today’s one-day final gets under way from 9.30am.