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Wimmera girls cricket heads to Central Park

Round four of Wimmera Girls Cricket League gets underway at the iconic Central Park at Stawell on Sunday with the Strikers hosting the Belles on the turf and the Roos taking on the Sixers on a synthetic wicket.

In a jam-packed day of cricket, the Wimmera Girls league games will hit off at 9.30am followed by a senior men’s representative match at noon between Horsham Cricket and Grampians associations.

The first of the early games will see the strong Belles batting line-up tested against the-and-coming Strikers bowling unit.

Lucinda Holmes-Brown and Bridie Reid will play key roles for the Belles with both bat and ball.

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The Strikers will rely on the pace and bounce of Ayva Mitchell and Ella Moloney’s to make early inroads into the Belles’ top order.

It is slated to be a top-quality game and is expected to entertain the crowd.


A Sixers team will be out to cause an upset against the Roos who are arguably the most disciplined and effective bowling unit in the competition.

The Sixers will need stars Jorja Clode and Adelle Weidmann to fire with the bat.

For the Roos, Paige Glover and Abbey Williams have shown great promise at the top of the order with the bat in hand.

A strong return from either player will see the Roos post a competitive total.

Last week the Roos claimed their maiden win of the season, over Strikers.

On the immaculate turf wicket and surrounded by the picturesque setting of Dimboola Recreation Reserve, Wimmera Roos claimed victory on their home ground.

After being sent into bat, Roos openers Lilly Schorback and Abbey Williams got the home side off to good start, seeing off the new ball without losing any wickets before retiring not out on 13 and 19 respectively.

The Strikers fought back to take the ascendancy in the game thanks to a terrific display in the field which saw them generate run-outs and hold on to catching opportunities.

When Ella Moloney bowled a double-wicket maiden, which included being on a hat-trick, the Strikers were well on top.

However, the Roos were able to close out their innings strongly thanks to Ava Clark, who after some early nerves, went on to make 24 thanks to excellent running between the wickets and shots resulting in four boundaries.

For the Strikers, the performances of Lilly Reading, 2-9 from her three overs, Ella Moloney, 2-12, Ayva Mitchell, 1-14, and Angie Martin, 0-18, stood out in the field.


In reply, the Strikers innings had a difficult start. The Roos bowling was tight and made scoring runs difficult.

Reading showed off her all-round skills and top scored at number three with 14.

The Strikers middle order steadied the loss of wickets with only one wicket falling out of the last four batters.

The Roos’ strong bowling performance saw the restriction of runs and was backed up with an impressive display in the field.

Multiple wicket takers for the Roos were Isobelle Schorback, 2-13, and Clark 2-10, who capped off a strong individual game.

The Strikers finished their 20 overs on 100, falling just short of the Roos’ 126.


Players of the game: Ava Clark, Ella Moloney.

Georgia Baker-Miller batted up a storm to lead Hurricanes to victory over Sixers in the other match.

The Sixers won the toss in the Horsham Derby and elected to field.

With two points and bragging rights at training and at school on the line, the Hurricanes batters produced their most complete innings of the season, running aggressively between the wickets to post 144.

Georgia Baker-Miller top-scored for the Hurricanes, striking several boundaries on her way to 26 not out.

She found great support in Steph Wundke, 17 not out and Zarli Knight, 18 not out, who both posted career highs with the bat.

The Sixers bowled well, without much luck, before Adele Weidemann produced a double-wicket-over to finish with the impressive figures of 2-10.

Lucy Avery, 1-16, bowled well and Mia Nuttall ,1-15, claimed her first wicket of the year.

In reply, Sixers wicketkeeper Jorja Clode showed her talent with bat in hand, top-scoring with 12 not out.

The Sixers batters valued their wickets, proving hard to dismiss, before Emma Uebergang created a brilliant run-out that led to Hurricanes lift in the field and record two further runs-outs courtesy of Sophie Pietsch and Rebekah Wundke.

Pietsch backed up her efforts in the field with an impressive caught and bowled before the Sixers’ Adele Weidemann, 11 not out, provided some late-order run scoring.

The Sixers fell short of the target run chase, with their innings concluding on 94.

Players of the game: Sophie Pietsch, Sophie Quick.

- Contributed.

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