Australia U19 Women start series in style
April 13, 2018
The Australia Under 19 Women’s team has kicked off its international tri-series campaign in perfect fashion, with a nine-run win against England Women’s Academy in South Africa on Thursday.
It marked the first time an Australia Under 19 Women’s team has competed since 2003, and a first-ever match on international soil.
Josie Dooley, Annabel Sutherland and New Stella Campbell were among the stars in the win.
Australia lost the toss and was sent into bat in the one-day match in Pretoria, but Dooley and fellow opener Tahlia Wilson got the team off to a strong start with a 76-run stand.
Dooley, a Queensland Fire player and Brisbane Heat rookie, top-scored with 39 off 60 deliveries.
Wilson (27 off 61) and Sydney Thunder’s Hannah Darlington, also a member of the Aboriginal XI to tour the UK this year, with 25 runs off 32 balls, also made important contributions.
Australia was bowled out for 169 in the 48th over.
In reply, Australia struck two early blows to reduce England to 2-34, before Sophia Dunkley (57 off 62 balls) gave England the upper hand.
However, Australia fought back to claim England’s last six wickets for 53 runs - and the last four for just 15 runs - as their opponents were all out for 160 in the 35th over.
VicSpirit and Melbourne Stars all-rounder Sutherland finished with 3-20 off five overs, while Sydney Sixers rookie Stella Campbell claimed 3-28 off 6.5 overs - including the final two wickets.
Four other players each picked up one wicket, including VicSpirit and Melbourne Renegades leg-spinner Georgia Warhead, who claimed the key wicket of Dunkley.
Australia’s next match is against South Africa Emerging Women at Hammanskraal Oval on Saturday.