Second grade strode to a strong win over Sandgate-Redcliffe this weekend, but our first grade ladies had a difficult day with two T20 losses.

First Grade T20 vs Sunshine Coast

Wests batted first and our innings got off to a very tough start with the loss of both openers Grace Harris and Annie Wikman with just one run on the board. Naiya Varidel and Eloise Schabe steadied proceedings, and were just starting to lift the run rate when Naiya was run out for 19 with the score on 38. Eloise took the total to 66 with the assistance of Liv Steel and Isabel Goffage before she too was out for 27. The girls ground it out to a low total of 7/78 of their 20 overs.

Our bowling innings showed early promise with the Sunshine Coast being 2/16 at one point with Ashleigh Sims snaring two early wickets. But with plenty of time available, they moved steadily to 49 before their third wicket fell to Grace Harris’ off-spin. Naiya grabbed a late wicket with the Sunshine Coast girls just one run short of the target, but the Westies succumbed in the fifteenth over.

Key statistics:

  • Eloise Schabe 27 (42)
  • Naiya Varidel 19 (30) & 1/13 (2.5)
  • Ashleigh Sims 2/7 (3)
  • Grace Harris 1/18 (3)

First Grade T20 vs Valleys

The first grade ladies’ second game of the day against UQ was a vastly different beast to the first. The girls started with the ball again, reducing the students to 2/11 and 3/45 before being pummelled by a massive unbeaten Laura Kimmince century of 128 runs off just 64 balls. UQ finished with a formidable total of 5/197. Jess Bryant bowled well under the circumstances with 2/24 off her four overs, and Lilly Bassingthwaighte, Ash Sims and Grace Harris all grabbed a wicket apiece.

Not to be outdone, Wests openers Grace Harris and Annie Wikman stacked on a huge opening partnership of 127 runs before Annie was dismissed for 57 off just 39 balls in the 13th over. Unfortunately Grace departed just three balls later for 63 off 40 balls. Naiya Varidel and promoted big hitter Olivia Steel took the total to 143 before Olivia holed out for 10, bring Eloise Schabe to the crease.

Naiya and Eloise combined for their second partnership for the day, this time for a quickfire 36 runs in just four overs, but ultimately the target was just a bit too much despite a flurry of late hitting, and Wests finished on a very creditable 3/179 for an 18-run loss.

Key statistics:

  • Grace Harris 63 (40) & 1/27 (4)
  • Annie Wikman 57 (39)
  • Naiya Varidel 22* (18)
  • Eloise Schabe 14* (15)
  • Olivia Steel 10 (8)
  • Jessica Bryant 2/24 (4)
  • Lilly Bassingthwaighte 1/35 (3)
  • Ashleigh Sims 1/45 (4)

Second Grade OD vs Sandgate-Redcliffe

After storming to two big wins in their first two games for the season, second grade came to this contest confident but wary of a challenging Sandgate-Redcliffe team.

The Wests girls started well with an early wicket and kept the scoring rate under control bowling tight lines and conceding few extras. Bowling duties were shared amongst nine players with Kryna Crump and Rebecca Storrs leading the way with two wickets each, and Courtney Home, Sophie Martin and Erin Moran all grabbing one. A runout to Sophie Martin and Emma Lockwood on the last ball of the innings sealed the tenth wicket and stopped Sandgate-Redcliffe’s score at 144 all out.

Wests’ innings got off to a shaky start with Claire Molloy’s wicket falling in the second over. Scarlett Varidel came to the crease and her partnership with Emma Lockwood took the score to 57 before Scarlett was dismissed for 15. The runs were starting to flow from Emma’s bat by this time, and she kept going until the 28th over before she was dismissed for a match-defining 66 from 76 deliveries with the total just 22 runs short of the target. Ella Whish and Rebecca Storrs took the girls home in the 32nd over.

Another great result, girls. Keep the good vibes coming!

Key statistics:

  • Emma Lockwood 66 (76)
  • Scarlett Varidel 15 (49)
  • Ella Whish 13 (16)
  • Courtney Home 13 (21)
  • Kyrna Crump 2/23 (8)
  • Clarie Molloy 1/2 (2)
  • Rebecca Storrs 2/9 (2)
  • Courtney Home 1/12 (2)
  • Sophie Martin 1/17 (8)
  • Rebecca McCoombes 1/32 (8)
  • Erin Moran 1/32 (8)