The recent CJCA organised South Island Girls Invitational Tournament which concluded recently was an outstanding success with 8 teams having some great matches over the 5 rounds of the competition.
The Sixth edition of the Tournament was this year held at Burnside West Universities excellent grounds at Burnside Park and the girls enjoyed the well paced grass 18m wickets and manicured outfields and many developed their skills quickly over the 3 days of competition.
After the first 4 rounds both CJCA Red and Black were unbeaten and they met each other in the final on the last day.
CJCA Black batted first and lost early wickets and then consolidated well via a 54 run partnership between Maggie Martin and Niamh McKenzie to set a defendable total of 91 with both teams having talented bowling line ups.
Red started their chase well and Blacks tactic of holding their stronger bowlers until the middle overs put their middle order under some pressure when Estella Wallace and Abby McKissock who had shared a 56 run partnership both finished batting with 28 runs still required. Red’s middle order held their nerve well and they were able to get to the total with 13 balls to spare.
Individual awards for the Tournament went to Nelsons Lottie Fuller who scored 140 runs over the 5 games. Christchurch’s Molly Stagg (pictured below with CJCA Tournament Manager Rob Wilkinson) who won the bowling award with 10 wickets.