A 118-run partnership between Sam Cotton and Devonport’s Martina Steven delivered Cricket North West a seven-wicket win over Cricket North in the female representative game at West Park.
Losing the toss, Cricket North were sent into bat and compiled what looked to be a very competitive 7-162 from their 35 overs.
South Launceston’s Caitlyn Webster was the star with the bat for the Cricket North side with 56, while Launceston’s Stacey Norton-Smith added 34 and South Launceston Belinda Wegman made 26.
The key partnership of the Cricket North innings was between Webster and Rhianne Hack, as the pair combined for 61 for the third wicket.
Sheffield’s Georgia Foote led the way with the ball for Cricket North West, taking 3-34 from her seven overs.
Latrobe’s Zoe Lowry claimed 2-23 from her five overs with her leg spin and Burnie Hurricanes’ Suzie Gale was the other wicket-taker with 1-29 off seven overs.
Cricket North West started their reply strongly and despite the the loss of Sheffield’s Tayla Wigg (4) and Burnie Hurricanes’ Montana Bradley (12), the hosts moved to 2-76 by the 17th over with Ulverstone’s Sam Cotton and Devonport’s Martina Steven at the crease.
The run rate increased briefly after the drinks break as Cotton bought up her half-century and with Steven bought the run rate required under three runs an over at the halfway stage.
With Cricket North-West requiring two runs to win, Cotton was bowled by Norton-Smith for 94 off 80 balls.
The win was secured two balls later with Steven finishing on 38 from 47 balls and Latrobe’s Kate Chaplin hit the winning runs and was two not out.
Hack with 1-28 from her six overs, Norton-Smith with 1-23 from three overs and South Launceston’s Amy Duggan with 1-15 from her six overs were the Cricket North wicket-takers.
Cricket North West have now claimed back-to-back victories over their Northern rivals after winning the respective clash in 2017 in Launceston.
Story courtesy Jarryd McGuane, The Advocate Newspaper.
Photo courtesy Andrew Gibson.