Up-and-coming Armidale cricketers Vanessa Simpson and Sophie Parsons tasted representative success as part of the Central North’s under-15 girls team at the Country Women’s Championship.
Sophie was one of the side’s youngsters at just 10-years-old while Vanessa still has plenty of time left in the under-15s as a 13-year-old.
Central North dispatched Western, Greater Illawarra and Newcastle to top their pool and then came up against a strong ACT/Southern Districts side in Tuesday’s final.
Claire McGuirk (27) and Isabella Cameron (23) set a strong foundation at the top, putting on 59 for the first wicket in the space of about 10 overs. When Claire was run out they lost a bit of momentum, and they weren’t able to get it back.
They ended up with 4-92 from their 20 overs, which ACT/Southern Districts chased down in 17.4 overs.
Vanessa finished with three wickets for the series and while her time on the field was limited, Sophie put her best foot forward when given the chance.
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