A mixed weekend of results with a win and a couple of close losses.
The A Grade took on West Torrens at Parkinson. Torrens defeated us in the 20/20 final last year but we were able to switch the result in the semi final of the 50 over comp. Torrens were without Lauren Ebsary, but they had a couple of handy replacements in New Zealand international Sophie Devine and another top player from NZ in Mcdonald. Slowe lost the toss and we took the field. We took an early wicket thanks to Ang Moritz running herself out, no big shock there, but we found it difficult to take them in bunches. Tight solid bowling by the girls was shown up in the fact we only gave away 12 extras, mostly leg byes. The ball was totally destroyed very early on which also made it tough. Our tight bowling and fielding was put to the test when Devine came in. 76 Balls and 112 runs later she departed. Torrens finished on 6/240. Tough task, but not insurmountable. Sarahs’ Lowe and Jameson, Katelyn Pope, Winnie and Bridget each taking a wicket. Popey with 1/36 from 10 the best of them.
Bridget and Katelyn got us away to a great start putting on 85 in the first hour. Unfortunately for our innings we were unable to find the one crucial big innings. A lot of very good starts and some excellent batting all the way down the list kept us in the game until the very end. We were bowled out for 202 with 5 overs left. Bridget batted beaytifully for 49, Popey (or is that Crampey1) 34, Eliza Doddridge, a well made 18 under pressure, Jamo 19 and Shae (Crampey 2) gave us every chance batting well for 9 in a 35 run partnership towards the tail of the innings. A lot of pleasing aspects from the day, but the bottom line was that we finished 2nd. This week 20/20 V Nthn at Parkinson. Part of a double header with the Golds.
The Browns took on Northern Districts Orange and also ran second. 2 early wickets to Taylah Lewis and Sophie Roberts got us of to a good start, but one decent innings helped Nth. get to 7 /108. Sophie with 2 wickets bowling well as well an excellent opening spell from Taylah. Sarah Fraser in her new role of leg spinner bowled promisingly and got a much deserved wicket thanks to one of the best keeping catches I’ve seen from Tiff, Sarah Ferris, Tiff and Shaina Altman all took a wicket. Shaina, Maeve Edwards and Chelsea Walls all bowled well, and it is great to see them perform so well. 3 more young and up and coming players.
We found the run chase tough and struggled to consistently put away the bad ball. Singles were also hard to come by and we fell behind the rate required, ultimately finishing 30 short. Sarah Fraser and Tiff batted without difficulty making 11 and 15, with Taylah topping her day off with an undefeated 18 from 24 balls. This week West Torrens at Henley.
The happy news came from down at the Port where the Golds took on the reformed Port Adelaide. Vic lost the toss and was sent in. The only thing they lost all day. Twin Armstrongs took to the Port attack and put on 165 before KC retired them both. Kelly with 61 from 43 and Hannah 79 from 63 put them totally on top. 186 was always going to be too many and Port finished on 5/62 from their 20 overs. Kelly backed things up with 2/12, the same figures as sister Emily. Matilda Ronan grabbing the other wicket. A terrific win by the girls and lets keep the form up this week against Arch enemy Sturt. This weeks game is on Parkinson from 3 after the A Grade. Get there early and watch some great cricket.
Have a great week