Wanneroo took on top of the table Melville at Kingsway in what was expected to be a tough game.
Batting first, Meg and Shenae once again got the innings away strongly, before Meg fell for a run-a-ball 18 with the score on 24.
Shenae (13) was the next to go after a watchful innings, bringing Talia and Tene together at the crease. Aiming to push the score along, the girls enjoyed a neat partnership, with Tene making 17 and Talia (18*) batting through to the end of the innings, after having been joined in a solid late-innings stand by Sarah.
We saw a few quick wickets at the end as the Roos went for it in the final overs and a final score of 7/86 – defendable but maybe just short of enough runs against this opposition.
To the absolute credit of the Roos, the game came down to the last over, with Melville well held to 4/87 off 19.4 overs. Wicket takers included Emma (1/19) and Josie, whose 4 overs went for only 3 runs.
After lots of focus on fielding at training it was also pleasing to see direct hit run outs from Meg and Talia to help maintain pressure on the batters.
Female Youth League
Away to Subi in hot/humid conditions, the Roos gave away a few easy runs early, which saw Subi reach 48 in quick time, before a slick run out involving Shayna and Tene put the brakes on a little.
Thankfully this was followed by a string of wickets with Subi on 72 – first a sharp throw from Chelsea to Layla at the bowlers end, then two wickets in successive balls to the ever-consistent Aymie (2/11).
With the pressure applied the runs didn’t come so easily. Erin and Layla bowled particularly tight spells, with only 19 runs coming from their combined 7 overs. 26 extras in Subi’s score of 4/87 meant the Roos had a target to chase.
At 1/0 things didn’t start according to plan, but sending Josie in at number 3 gave the score an upwards bump, as she notched 11 from 8 balls in a great little cameo innings. Talia scored a better than a run-a-ball 18, and with Shayna’s 22 from 16 the score was rollicking along.
At 5/63 and then 6/64 the target was in sight and there was plenty of time, but wickets needed to be protected. Soph (16*) and Layla (11*) batted smartly and with intent to keep out the good balls while finding singles and boundaries when they were on over, seeing the Roos home with 5 overs to spare.
Under 14 Talent Carnival
In what was almost the perfect way to kick off their talent Carnival matches (6 games over the course of the season), Wanneroo notched a really impressive total against Midland at Prendiville.
A mammoth 105 run second wicket partnership in lightning time really set the team. Congratulations to Myla (58 off 54) and Tegan (52 off 37) for their sparkling knocks – both girls achieving their maiden 50.
With the platform set, Emma also batted well, compiling a well made 18* off just 24 balls, while Steph was also not out with 6* off 10 as the Roos reached 5/171.
Midland were under pressure from the start, with a great wicket to Leah (1/5) in the first over. As the Roos experimented with their bowling depth, we also saw wickets from Emmersyn (1/2), Steffi (1/4) and Emma (1/9). Stars with the ball were Polly (3/5) and Asha (3/14), both girls bowling a great length and instrumental in ending Midland’s run chase at 75.
The going was tougher in the second match of the afternoon against Melville, but we did see some good batting from the girls against some accurate bowling.
A fantastic opening stand of 69 between Elri (15) and Polly was a feature, with both girls keeping out the good balls. Polly continued on to a best-ever score of 33, with her timing looking good.
A couple of middle order run outs were unfortunate, but a quick fire and clean hitting 13* from Steph in the final overs got the Roos to 6/91.
Melville never looked in trouble in their chase, reaching the target within 16 overs for the loss of one wicket, claimed by Emmersyn (1/4).