2017 Cricket Tasmania under-18 girls intrastate cup

NORTHERN Force won both their Twenty20 matches on Wednesday to remain undefeated in the under-18 girls intrastate cup held in Launceston.

The Force compiled a mammoth 3-161 in their first match of the day against North-West Lightning with Courtney Webb and Emma Manix-Geeves again putting on a clinic at NTCA Ground No. 2.

OUT: North's Courtney Webb catches North-West's Jessica Walters at NTCA No. 2. Pictures: Scott Gelston

OUT: North's Courtney Webb catches North-West's Jessica Walters at NTCA No. 2. Pictures: Scott Gelston

Both batters finished unbeaten on 60 and 58, respectively, and posted a 109-run partnership after the North were in early trouble at 3-52.

In reply, a North-West victory never looked likely with Phoebe Barnett (3-11) and Ellie Mathews (2-5) proving difficult to get away.

The Lightning batted out their 20 overs for 7-71 – falling 90 runs short.

Madeline Clarke was the visitor’s best batter with 14.

In their second game, Webb was again a solid contributor against the Tasmanian under-15s team.

She walked to the crease with the North 4-55 and hit 58 not out off 31 balls to guide her team to 5-154.

Manix-Geeves hit 36, while Amy Halaby posted 20 as the South’s Stacey Norton-Smith collected 2-16.

Webb also bowled well and helped her team to a 58-run win with the state only amassing 7-96.

Norton-Smith smashed a handy 38 but was without support. In other matches, the South defeated the state under-15s by 10 wickets at UTas Stadium.

Tasmania could only manage 7-51 in their innings after being sent into bat with Clare Scott (14) and Amy Duggan (10) the only pair to make it to double figures.

Olivia McDonald was superb with the ball – collecting 3-1 off four overs.

Hannah Mann (24) and Bonnie Davies (17) made light work of the chase, passing the target in the ninth over.

The Storm also took down the North-West in comprehensive fashion.

The Lightning set the South 61 for glory with Esther Magor top scoring with 10 as McDonald (2-2) worked her magic again.

Openers Laura Newell (20) and Melodie Armstrong (16) guided the response with  South recording an eight-wicket win in 9.6 overs.

Finals playoffs will be held at UTas Stadium on Thursday with the under-15s to battle the North-West for third and fourth, while the North will head into their championship match up against the South as favourites.