BITS' girls beat the heat at nationals
CRICKET: BITS' juniors Ruby Strange and Brooke Sheridan have been battling Adelaide's heat at the Under-15 Girls National Cricket Championships.
Soaring temperatures have been a factor at the championships so far with the mercury falling just shy of 42 degrees at 2pm yesterday.
It caused Queensland's T20 match against Western Australia to be called off early, with the Maroons declared the winners via the Duckworth-Lewis method.
Queensland's second match yesterday against South Australia had to be cancelled as well due to the conditions.
The girls will have a rest day today before resuming action tomorrow in what's forecast to be cooler conditions than what greeted them at the start of the tournament.
Shelly Strange, Ruby's mother, said the Queensland girls had been coping well in the heat.
"WA didn't cope well and they had a couple of girls go off the field due to the heat,” she said.
"There's been a bit of a breeze, which has probably saved our girls a little bit. Ruby came off (on Thursday) and wasn't worried about the heat at all even though she'd had a big day.
"Queensland Cricket has been really good making sure they're hydrated - they've got the big Gatorade bottle and wet towels for around their necks.
"They're also watching for cramping and the physio team is very good.”
Queensland begun the competition with back-to-back defeats in the 40-over format against New South Wales Metro and ACT/ NSW Country but yesterday's win has put them back on track.
Ruby is captain of the Queensland girls and the laid-back 15-year-old has taken on the extra responsibility like a duck to water.
"I know Ruby would be always checking in on the girls, especially the younger girls to make sure they're coping OK with the heat,” Shelly said.
"Ruby takes everything in her stride, she's very focussed and is a good listener, so whatever (coach) Jude (Coleman) says to her she'd definitely be taking it on board.”