Ruby's Queensland go down to NSW Metro
CRICKET: Queensland captain and BITS Cricket Club all-rounder Ruby Strange's unbeaten 23 runs was not enough to help Queensland in the battle for third place against New South Wales Metro in Adelaide today.
The loss means the Queenslanders finished fourth in the Under-15 Girls' National Cricket Championships.
Queensland batted first and made an impressive 6-190 off the allotted 40 overs. Ruby came to the crease after Georgia Voll was dismissed for a well-made 55 (95 balls, two fours).
Ruth Johnston also was a valuable contributor with a quick-fire 44 runs that included three fours and a six off just 35 balls.
Metro were in trouble straight away when it lost two wickets to be 2-29 with Shivani Mehta (five runs) and Jade Errington (15 runs) back in the pavilion.
But enter Hayley Silver-Holmes and Kate Peterson.
The pair put on a match-winning unbeaten 136, with Hayley scoring 80 off 101 balls and Kate scoring 59, which included six boundaries, off just 72 deliveries.
Queensland's Ruth Johnston and Charli Knott were the first two wicket takers while Julia Cavanough took the other.
Ruby's not out innings was off 30 balls. Queensland coach Jude Coleman said the team finished about 20 runs short.
"We didn't really run that well between wickets and that cost us about 20 runs,” Coleman said.
"We dropped about four catches, but got them to a stage where they had to score a run a ball.”
The coach said Ruby impressed with how she batted. "She's only 14 and still has a lot to learn,” Coleman said.
Ruby's knock came a day after she made 45 to help Queensland to a 41-run win against Victoria Metro.
Queensland had its first win in the third match against Western Australia to start a four-game winning streak, knocking off Victoria Metro, Tasmania and Victoria Country.
Ruby finished the championships with 71 runs at an impressive average of 35.5 and was dismissed just twice.
She scored eight in game one against NSW Metro, an unbeaten 15 against ACT/NSW Country, did not bat in the next two matches and finished strongly with 45 and 23 not out.
Ruby was unable to bowl because she was recovering from a back injury while her BITS' team-mate Brooke Sheridan hurt her elbow while fielding on Sunday.
A non-playing Australian U15 training squad was announced last night and Coleman said the selection is not just solely based on statistics.
U15 Girls' National Championships
QLD 6-190 (G Voll 55, R Johnston 44, R Strange 23no) d by NSW Metro 3-191 (H Silver-Holmes 80no, K Peterson 59no)
QLD finish with 4 wins, 3 losses and 4th place
NSW Metro finish 3rd
ACT/NSW Country d SA to finish 1st
Ruby - 71 runs. Avg - 35.5