Coming off of a strong pre-season and the first four rounds of the Katherine Raymont and Jodie Purves Shields of the 2022/23 season, the Kirby Short Cup U19 girls took to the field again.

With changes to the running’s of the competition this year the girls were ready to kick it off with some success. Following the toss, the Westies decided they were down for a chase, starting with the ball. To begin the match, first grade quick, Lily Bassingthwaighte bowled a spell alongside Taylor Hamblin leading to the first wicket in the fourth over.

The westie girls felt a fight coming on as Ipswich completed their innings three down with 165 runs on the board.

However, despite the high total the girls saw it in the near distance as Taylor Hamblin and Naiya Varidel stepped up to the crease setting an opening partnership of 57 after the eighth over and Naiya’s dismissal. Fighting until the end, Eloise Schabe and Sophie Whittaker brought the team to 150 to complete the game.

Although the Westies did not make it over the line, the competitiveness of the match has shown very high promise for the remainder of the season and set them up rearing to take on UQ this Friday.