Tasmania's under-18 national campaign on home soil has hit another obstacle, falling to both Cricket Australia XI and Queensland on day two of competition.
The country's best players of the below age group, featuring Tasmanian spinner Amy Smith, were too good for the home side at Lindsifarne Oval, cruising to a nine-wicket victory in the morning session.
Keeper-batter Melodie Armstrong top-scored with a patient 46 off 61 balls while the Tasmanians struggled to ramp up the run rate off their 20 overs with Ella Marsh (12) the only other score in double figures as they made 5-97.
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Smith was pivotal for the Australian side, working magic against her state, taking 1-10 and grasping a catch to remove Marsh.
Opposing opener Mikayla Wrigley provided an almost identical scorecard to Armstrong's innings, making 47 off 59 balls to guide her team across the line.
Launceston's Charlotte Layton was the sole wicket-taker with 1-17 off three overs.
Despite falling to Queensland in the second clash, the Tasmanians showed positive signs, limiting the potential damage after a strong opposition opening partnership.
Ellie Johnston (52) and Georgia Voll (43), who sit atop the tournament's run-scorers, put on 113 together as they lost 7-19 to finish their innings at 7-132 with Chloe Abel taking 3-15.
The batting performance dwindled off for the home side as Queensland dismissed them for just 41 with three players top scoring with seven.
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