It was a full schedule of games played at Blacktown International Sportspark on Friday. The last game of the night saw defending champions, NSW Firestars, come from behind with 3 runs in the bottom of the 6th inning to record a 4-3 win and tie with Qld on top of the ladder with a 4-1 record. Earlier in the day NSW defeated WA 3-0 and Victoria 4-3. Qld defeated ACT 4-1 for their fourth consecutive win.
SA was looking to jump to the top of the ladder but lost 3-0 to ACT to see their record drop to 3-2.
Saturday’s games see WA and Victoria play off for 5th position while SA takes on ACT with the winner still alive for the title. Qld plays NSW with the winner going directly to the final – to be played at 7:00pm – while the loser plays the winner of ACT v SA for a place in the Gilleys Shield Final.
The U17 Girls’ National Championship also had a big day with a full 8 game schedule played to see all teams complete 5 games. NSW completed their dominant performance going 5-0 while outscoring their opponents 43-3. The hosts had a pair of 7-0 shut-out wins over ACT and Qld and then thrashed SA 13-3. Qld’s loss to NSW was their only defeat as they finished second on the ladder with a 4-1 record; they take on NSW this morning (Saturday) with the winner going directly to the Esther Deason Final at 5:00pm. SA plays Victoria today with the winner advancing to the semi-final at 1:00pm.
All games on Diamond 1 at Blacktown will be live-streamed today. Follow the link to catch all the action: https://www.youtube.com/