Our women’s first grade team pulled off another great come-from-behind win this weekend, this time over Sandgate-Redcliffe. Our second grade girls fought hard but went down to Valleys.

First Grade OD vs Sandgate-Redcliffe

Wests bowled first and took a few overs to get going until Ash Sims took two wickets in two balls. Sandgate -Redcliffe recovers to be 63 before Annie Wikman snared Julie Cavanough’s wicket and shortly afterward sharp fielding from Naiya Varidel had gun Sandgate-Redcliffe opener Tess Cooper run out for 47. Within a few more overs Naiya had draw edges and two infield catches with her legspin, and the visitors were looking shaky at 6 for 90. Zoe Valenic and Darcy Johnson combined to hold off the dogs for a number of overs at take the score to 136 before Annie skittled Zoe’s sticks. Annie had Darcy caught by Lilli Hamilton at midwicket a few balls later and Sandgate-Redcliffe’s innings quickly folded after that to be all done for a modest total of 149.

Wests batting began slowly before Naiya was run out backing up for a quick single. Eloise Schabe holed out soon after and Annie, Liv Totten and Liv Steel followed quickly to leave the girls precariously placed at 5-58 and still 92 runs short of the target. Emma Lockwood and Sophie Whittaker edged the score to 77 before Emma was bowled, and Ash Sims departed soon after and Wests were in deep trouble at 7-90.

Sophie Whittaker and newly arrived bat Scarlett Varidel dug in though, added a grafting 29 before Scarlett was bowled by a quicker arm ball from Janelle Pais. Lilli Bassingthwaighte contributed a quick few runs before she too was out, bringing No.11 Lilli Hamilton to the crease with 25 runs still needed. With the equation 25 runs with one wicket and seven over remaining, the girls were unfazed and closed out the runs and the game in the 47th over.

Sophie’s tenacious rearguard 37 not out of 86 and her gritty partnerships with Scarlett and Lilli Hamilton in particular were instrumental in getting the girls over the line.

Congratulations on another back-from-the-dead win, ladies! Tough wins are becoming your forte!

Key player stats:

  • Sophie Whittaker 37* (86)
  • Annie Wikman 19 (37) & 3/20 (7)
  • Olivia Steel 13 (39)
  • Lilli Hamilton 12 (15)
  • Scarlett Varidel 11 (30)
  • Ashleigh Sims 3/19 (9)
  • Naiya Varidel 2/26 (5)
  • Lilli Hamilton 1/21 (7.3)

Second Grade OD vs Valleys

Wests batted first but had a rough start losing two wickets within a couple of overs to be down 2 for just 2 runs. Clair Molloy and Chelsea Sonter rallied to take the score to 32 before Chelsea was run out for 10. Claire fought on with the middle order before eventually being run out for 30, the sixth wicket to fall. The girls were eventually all out for 114 in the last over.

The girls started well with the ball with Kyrna Crump taking an early wicket with the score on just 10. They struggled to make further inroads into the Valleys batting after that though. Kameryn Brae too another wicket with the score on 59, but Valleys were able to close out the game in the 26th over for an eight wicket win.

Key player stats:

  • Claire Molloy 30 (73)
  • Chelsea Sonter 10 (23)
  • Nicolene Snyman 9 (22)
  • Erin Moran 9 (24)
  • Kyrna Crump 1/6 (8)
  • Kameryn Brae 1/19 (4)


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