NAGPUR: Vidarbha's under-19 girls team have recorded two victories against two minnows from Northeast India in BCCI's under-19 women's T20 tournament. However, they got a taste of real competition during their 8-wicket loss to Karnataka in Hyderabad on Tuesday.
After electing to bat, Vidarbha girls were exposed to some quality bowling from Karnataka. Though Vidarbha did not get all out, the girls could manage just 78 for 7 in 20 overs.
The rivals easily knocked out the 79-run target with 8 wickets in hand.
Despite the defeat, Vidarbha officials believe that the team is looking better than the past years.
"Such matches against good teams will give us real experience of actual competition. States like Karnataka are big, have more clubs and women players which help them play more matches and they develop from there," said a VCA official.
Vidarbha cricket for boys is immensely helped by tournaments like Dorairajan Trophy, 2-day Guzder League for clubs, and regular match simulations for selected boys.
Such structure is missing for girls. The association is gradually taking steps in this direction.
"We know, we do not have many competitive matches for this age group locally. This year, more girls participated in the trials. If the response remains similar in the coming seasons, there will be more competition, and girls will get more matches to play and learn more," said the official.
Vidarbha girls would like to improve on their performance when they face Delhi on Thursday.
BRIEF SCORES: Vidarbha 78 for 7 in 20 overs (Sayali Shinde 25, Aarohi Bambode 20; Mithila Vinod 2-6, Reema F 2-14) lost to Karnataka 79 for 2 in 17.2 overs (Sloka V 32 n.o, Niki Prasad 24 n.o; Siddhi Nerkar 1-11, Pavya 1-18) by 8 wickets