HEAT IS ON: Ruby Strange watches on in the game against NSW Metro in the first game - a seven wicket win to the Blues.
HEAT IS ON: Ruby Strange watches on in the game against NSW Metro in the first game - a seven wicket win to the Blues. Cricket Australia GLA220118RUBY

Ruby leads the way with match-winning knock

CRICKET: A superb 45 runs from emerging BITS Cricket Club all-rounder Ruby Strange propelled Queensland to a play-off match against New South Wales Metro for third place tomorrow at the Under-15 Girls National Cricket Championships in Adelaide.

Queensland batted first and amassed 10-185 against Victoria Country this afternoon.

But the Victorians fell 41-runs short in the allotted 40-overs as Queensland cruised to its fourth-straight win

Queensland coach Jude Coleman said it was a true captain's knock from Ruby.

"Ruby batted very well and we were in a spot of bother when she came in," Coleman said.

Ruby came to the crease with Queensland perilously placed at 3-59, but she steadied the ship with a series of solid partnerships.

"It was a captain's innings and she rotated the strike really well," Coleman said.

Today's win meant Queensland has finished fourth on percentage above Victoria Metro with four wins and two losses.

BITS' other star Brooke Sheridan played sparingly and Coleman said these championships are more designed for her development.

"Brooke is one of the younger ones and we see her as someone who will lead the side in a couple of years time," she said.

Brooke took a catch in the first game against NSW Metro and bowled one over in Sunday's 45-run win against Vic Metro.

"She still has two more years in the U15 level and the week away is more for her to get experience," Coleman said.

As for tomorrow's game?

The coach said it's all about learning from the previous time the teams met.

NSW Metro beat Queensland by seven wickets in game one in which Hayley Silver-Holmes scored 105.

"On paper we are very evenly matched and we weren't at our best in the first game and we have improved a lot since then," Coleman said.

The progress score can be followed on the Cricket Australia National Championships website.



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