Gunnedah talent Zoe Fleming has played her part as New South Wales secured a 10th consecutive National Indigenous Cricket title in Alice Springs on Monday.
Fleming, 15, featured as the Blues won a pulsating Twenty20 contest against old rival Queensland at Traeger Park by five runs.
Opener Sara Darney continued her brilliant tournament and laid a great platform from which the Blues were able to build.
Darney hit seven fours and three towering sixes during a dazzling knock of 59 from 48 deliveries.
The hard-hitting bat shared an 83-run second wicket partnership alongside Hannah Darlington (28) which lifted NSW into a solid position at 2-95.
Fleming strode to the crease at No.4 for what was just her second bat of the week in five matches after an unbeaten three against Queensland earlier in the tournament.
The teenager faced nine deliveries, scoring five runs before being trapped lbw by Queensland’s Clodagh Ryall.
Fleming was one of two wickets to fall at 108, but NSW regained momentum through Jemma Astley (18 not out) to post a competitive 5-134.
Fellow North West cricketer Alex Patten was not required to bat for the Blues.
Queensland’s chase got off to a flyer with opening duo Tamika Hansen (21) and Carly Fuller putting on 43 in quick time.
Fuller was in sparkling touch, but her dismissal on 37 triggered a change in momentum as NSW bowler Roxsanne Van-Veen produced an inspired spell.
Van-Veen, who had taken three wickets leading into the decider, conjured the remarkable figures of 6-16 from four overs.
Van-Veen’s heroics helped restrict the Maroons to 9-129 and ensure history repeated in the Red Centre.