YOUTH LEAGUE T20 GRAND FINAL
Melville 4/85 (13.0) def South Perth 8/84 (20.0)
Player of the Match: Chloe Ainsworth – Melville
A repeat of the 2019/20 Youth League Grand Final was unveiled once again as Melville and South Perth faced each other for the Grand Final for a 2nd season in a row. South Perth won the toss electing to bat after a late rain fall left the WACA Ground slightly dampened. It was a morning for the bowlers as the Storm rolled in with Natasha Kelsey, Chloe Ainsworth and Indiana Squiers all taking two wickets. Poppy Stockwell topped scored for South Perth adding 18 of 23 to the total score of 8/84. Melville Captain, Lauren Thompson, led the chase with 21 (17) supported by top scorer for the match, Chloe Ainsworth 31 (25). Loren Russo bowled well for South Perth taking the first two wickets of the innings, but it wasn’t enough to stop Melville in their chase as they claimed the Premiership in the 13th over for the 2nd consecutive year.
B GRADE T20 GRAND FINAL
South Perth 2/71 *(12.3) def Melville 5/93 (20.0) *DLS
Player of the Match: Caitlin Crocetta – South Perth
South Perth won the toss sending Melville into bat first. Gorgia Platten (26) and Kayla Van Spall (22) top scored for the Storm consolidating a total score of 93. Emily Hessell was instrumental behind the stumps, inflicting two run outs and a stumping. As South Perth prepared for their innings, the rain rolled in, halting the start of South Perth’s batting innings. After calculating DLS, South Perth set out to chase down 72 runs in 14 overs. Melville captain, Natasha Wylie, led the way with the ball taking the only two wickets of the innings, however, Player of the Match, Caitlin Crocetta 27 (32) and Hannah Felton 25 (27) held a solid partnership reaching the required score in the 12th over.
A GRADE T20 GRAND FINAL
Melville 4/94 (16.1) def South Perth 7/90 (20.0)
Player of the Match: Ashlee King – Melville
The last game of the finals series was set out to be a battle of the best as Melville and South Perth fought it out once again. Melville won the toss sending South Perth into bat first. Ashley Day opened strong with 23 (32) but it was the bowler’s innings as the wickets started to fall early. Captain, Piepa Cleary, stepped in at number 4 with 37no(38) but Ashlee King (3/21) and Rebecca McGrath (2/20) were detrimental with the ball, along with Georgie Middleton taking 3 catches, closing the innings with 7/90. Despite a slow start to the innings, another united opening partnership from Amy Edgar, 29 (38) and Ashlee King 17 (16), set the side up in a comfortable position. Emma Meuleman took 2 wickets for South Perth but it wasn’t enough to slow the side down as the Storm rolled through with the Premiership win in the 16th over.
Check out the full live stream of the matches here: https://matchcentre.premier.waca.com.au/video/