Facing the Illawarra Flames, the Aces batted first and quickly hit their way to a strong total. Skipper Kelly Rowlings led the way with 41 from 30 balls, with Amy Jason-Jones producing 32. Victoria King and Caitlin Galeano added 20 each to provide the bulk of the total, with the Aces finishing their 20 overs 5/152.
The bowling attack was well balanced, with seven bowlers contributing to the undoing of the Flames. Wickets were picked up throughout the innings, restricting momentum. Only one player was able to score more than 9; Joanne Kelly who scored 27 while wickets fell around her. Kelly eventually was uprooted by Janet King, and the Flames were bowled out for 97.
Having made the most of their SCG inauguration, the Aces prepared for the final against the Coffs Coast Chargers. In scorching form, the Chargers were riding high having dismantled the Newcastle Blasters for 89 – then chasing that total in 10 overs with no loss.
Winning the toss and electing to bat, the Chargers openers did the job once again. They compiled 114 together before Kelly Rowlings broke the partnership with the wicket of Kate Rowlands. However, the Aces were unable to stop her opening partner Naomi McDonald who batted the innings, finishing on 90.
With 153 as the target, the Aces had a lot of work to do against a strong bowling attack. Captain Kelly once again led by example, scoring 42 and forming a valuable partnership with Caitlin Galeano (37). Unfortunately for the Aces, they were unable to match the rapid scoring of the Chargers and fell short of the target by 43 runs.
Considering the Aces were without three key players who are busy competing at the U18 National Championships (Clare Levings, Bella Greig, and Jade Allen), it was a highly commendable effort. Great work girls and congratulations to the Chargers on their victory!