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October 27, 2008
Australia Women 1 for 162 (Nitschke 56) beat Australia Under-21s Women 5 for 156 (Cameron 79*, Villani 40) by six runs
Australia Women successfully defended a total of 162, restricting Australia Under-21s Women to 5 for 156 in 20 overs. Australia racked up a challenging total thanks to a 144-run opening partnership between Shelley Nitschke (56) and Alex Blackwell (37) Delissa Kimmince, on debut, checked the U-21 reply. Jessica Cameron's 55-ball 79 took the U-21s very close, but the last six runs proved out of their reach.
The U-21s' decision to field clearly didn't go to plan. Nitschke and Blackwell launched a strong platform, collecting 13 boundaries between them. Nitschke's innings needed just 38 delivieries, while Blackwell batted 41 balls for her 37. Both openers retired hurt, following which Karen Rolton, the Australian captain, made 23 from 17 balls.
The U-21s' chase never really took off, thank to two quick wickets from Kimmence, sharing the new ball. By the start of the fourth over the U-21s were 2 for 16, which soon became 3 for 39 when Nitschke had Corinne Hall stumped for 9. Elyse Villani, the opener, scored 40 from 66 balls, taking the score to 137 when she was run out. Cameron, who scored a half-century in a loss to India on Sunday, smacked ten fours and a couple of sixes but found little support from the lower middle order.
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