Wests women’s team played in parallel at Graceville Memorial Park this weekend with First Grade taking on UQ and Second Grade fronting Valleys. Both teams scored emphatic wins in theri last home games of the season.
First Grade vs University of Queensland
UQ got off to a strong start before losing their first wicket to Meagan Dixon with the score on 39 and their second soon after to the bowling of Grace Harris. Two more wickets fell in quick succession to Grace Harris and Ash Sims with the the score in the mid-seventies. UQ made it to 123 with the loos of only on more wicket but when Valleys’ sixth wicket of top scorer Jessica Bradley fell with the score on 123, it began a rapid slide which ended with UQ all out for 158 in the 45th over. Ash Sims and Grace Harris took three wickets each and Meagan Dixon and Holly Ferling took two apiece.
The Wests girls made short work of the run chase thanks in large part to a hard-hitting 107no of only 61 balls by Grace Harris supports by 29 off 29 balls by Josie Dooley and 18 off 22 by Kirby Short. Wests passed UQ’s total in the nineteenth over to finish with 1/161 and complete a nine wicket victory.
The win will elevate the team to third place on the one day competition points table with only one round to go, placing them in good position to make the semi-finals.
- Grace Harris 107no (61) & 3/24 (8)
- Josie Dooley 29no (29)
- Kirby Short 18 (22)
- Ashleigh Sims 3/15 (6)
- Meagan Dixon 2/27 (8)
- Holly Ferling 2/28 (8.2)
Second Grade vs Valleys
Wests got out the bats first and got off to a great start with openers Layla Proctor and Naiya Varidel and kept the pressure on Valley’s bowlers throughout the innings. Layla top scored with 42, and significant contributions to the final team total of 4/180 were made by Isabel Hartog, Isobel Goffage, Naiya Varidel and Kathleen Mallyon.
Valleys began well, but the loss of three wickets in Isabel Hartogs third over reduced them to 3/18 and dissipated their initial momentum. A short while later they’d lost another two wickets to the bowling of Alex Lloyd and were in serious trouble at 5/40. Valleys lower order hung on until the thirty-first over but were eventually all out for 97. Alex Lloyd finished with three wickets, Isable Hartog two and Jess Bryant, Erin Moran and Eliza Goffage all took one.
The win was a great combined effort with honours being shared throughout the team.
- Layla Proctor 42 (77)
- Isabel Hartog 22 (49) & 2/8 (4)
- Isobel Goffage 20 (44)
- Naiya Varidel 19 (21)
- Kathleen Mallyon 18 (38)
- Alex Lloyd 3/19 (7)
- Jess Bryant 1/8 (4)
- Erin Moran 1/14 (4.2)
- Eliza Goffage 1/16 (4)