WA Ends U18 Championship In Sixth
30 November 2016  

Western Australia this week ended in sixth-place at the National Female Under 18 Championships in Hobart.

The team fell just short of ending its campaign on a high, losing by two wickets to Queensland on the final day of competition.

Head coach Orazio Santalucia said overall the team played some great cricket and the sixth placing did not do the girls' performance justice, with plenty of nail biting finishes.

"I am really proud of the girls' performance in this tournament and we are looking forward to monitoring the improvement of this squad," said Santalucia.

"Only four players from this squad are ineligible for next year's tournament, so it is exciting that most of the team will push for selection in 12 months’ time.

"The side had eight girls who were part of last season's squad and it was pleasing to see significant growth and improvement across the team who finished bottom of the table last time."

WA recorded two wins from its seven matches, including a 50-over victory against Queensland and a T20 win over South Australia.

It could have been more, with three matches going down to the wire, including a rain-affected opening day match against tournament hosts Tasmania, with the Duckworth/Lewis system creating a difficult run chase.

Rebecca West finished the tournament with 180 runs, including two knocks of 73 not out and 60, resulting in her finishing amongst the tournament's highest run scorers.

Ashley King was the pick of the bowlers, with 13 wickets, including a match-winning 4-17 against Queensland, and was also amongst the tournaments highest wicket takers.

Young wicketkeeper-batswoman Georgie Ireland was also very impressive with both bat and gloves since graduating from the Under 15 squad last season.

"The team was arguably the best fielding side in the tournament, which is testament to their hard in work pre-season," said Santalucia.

"Our bowling improved significantly, as did our batting. However, our performances with the bat is still an area our girls need to work on, as our losses showed a lack of runs at times."