Young cricketers do MDCA proud in first girls’ competition

The Maryborough District Cricket Associationʼs under 13s girlsʼ team made local cricket history last month when they represented the league in their first ever competition. (Back) Emma King, Shanae Hunt, Mikayla Rumpff, Paul Rumpff (coach) Tamika Rumpff and Sway Walker. (Front) Shakiah Humphrey, Abbey Sealey, Charlie Rumpff and Aribella Koop.

The Maryborough District Cricket Association (MDCA) was represented in a girls’ cricket competition for the first time last month when the under 13s girls’ side travelled to Ballarat for the Central Highlands’ Just For Girls T20.

Four sides from Ballarat, Castlemaine, Gisborne and Maryborough met at Russell Square in Ballarat on Sunday, February 24.

The first of the MDCA’s games was against Ballarat, and Maryborough were sent in to bat after losing the toss.

An opening 13-run partnership between Shenae Hunt and Emma King set the tone before Hunt was dismissed in the 14th over.

Mikayla Rumpff joined King to help the team post a competitive total of 56 at the end of their 20 overs.

Ballarat started strongly, posting 24 in their first three overs before Charlie Rumpff broke through for the first wicket.

Some excellent bowling and fielding followed including a direct hit run-out from Mikayla Rumpff, but it was not enough to contain a strong Ballarat side which posted 6/124 at the end of their 20 overs. Best of the bowlers was Charlie Rumpff with 2/15 from her three overs.

The MDCA then went on to face Castlemaine/Ballarat in game two.

The MDCA won the toss and sent Castlemaine/Ballarat in to bat.

A good all round fielding and bowling performance saw Castlemaine/Ballarat restricted to 100 at the end of their 20 overs, with Emma King claiming 1/13.

For more on this story see Page 22 of The Advertiser, Tuesday, March 12

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