West victorious in women’s grand final
Tuesday, 18th February, 2020
By Peter Johnston
The West Cricket Club has taken out the inaugural Barrier District Cricket League’s Women’s Grand Final held at the Norm Fox Sports Complex on Sunday morning.
Winning the toss, the Robins sent a weakened North side into bat first. North took the field without mother and daughter combination, Kylie and Katie Letcher, and also Stevie Hack.
North lost six wickets on their way to a moderate score of 29 and knew in the back of their minds they were going to have to bowl exceptionally well to keep a very strong West batting line-up under wraps.
Morgan Boylen was the standout with the bat for North with 9 runs while Leonie Wilson and Jenny Dannatt, with two wickets apiece, were the standouts with the ball for West.
North’s bowlers failed to stand up to the pressure of finals cricket, delivering 26 wides during the West innings. Given this, the West batters were never placed under any real pressure in chasing the North tally. West lost 4 wickets on their way to a score of 74.
West’s best bats for the season, Louise Schofield and Jenny Dannatt, scored 11 and 8 respectively. North’s best bowler for the season Nat Letcher was the only multiple wicket taker for North with two wickets.
This game was the culmination of a season that far exceeded the Cricket League’s expectations. Very similar to local women’s football, the girls brought great enthusiasm and passion to the game and their presence has been a major boost to local cricket and the four district clubs.
Plans are now underway to ensure next season’s Women’s competition is bigger and better than this season. The availability of the Jubilee Oval and the upgrade of the Norm Fox Sports Complex will ensure that the girls will certainly play under better conditions next season.
NORTH V SOUTH
North had booked themselves a spot in Sunday’s Grand Final with a comfortable win over a weakened South side at the Norm Fox Sports Complex on Friday evening.
The South side had several key players go interstate over the Christmas break and they were always going to find it hard to record a win against a rapidly improving North side.
The Roos limped their way to 18 runs which was never going to be easy to defend against a side that boasted the batting prowess of the Letcher Sisters, Katie and Natalie.
Hiedi Drenkhahn, Labisha Sloane and Rachel Cook all made 7 runs each for the Roos but all lost a wicket in the process. The loss of nine wickets certainly did not help the South cause. Katie Letcher, Nat Roach and Jo Smith were all good with the ball for the Bulldogs, claiming two wickets apiece.
Katie Letcher peeled off a superior score of 23 with the bat while sister Natalie lent solid support with 12 runs to make the run chase a non issue for North. Bec Fraser and Jo Hillard were the pick of the South bowlers with 2 wickets apiece.
The South girls can now swap their cricket gear for footy togs and start planning how they can make major improvements for next cricket season.