Bready go top after narrow win over Fox Lodge

Bready are back at the top of the pile in the Women’s Senior League after a nervy, final-over win over previously unbeaten Fox Lodge at Magheramason on Monday evening.

With so much at stake maybe it was no surprise that the game turned out to be a low-scoring affair with ‘extras’ proving decisive throughout the game.

Batting first, the Foxes made a competitive 104-7 from their 20 overs, with Sarah Black (26) and Lucy Neely (24) setting a real platform at the top of the order. After that though, only Hannah McLaughlin (17) was among the runs although the total was boosted with a hefty 34 ‘freebies’.

Any thoughts that this would be a stroll for Bready’s batters were soon dispelled however as they too found the going tough.

Lucy McGranaghan batted really well to make an unbeaten 41 as she anchored the reply, while Millie Spence did likewise in her very valuable 28. Runs were at a premium however and the home side were only just managing to keep up with the required rate.

 

Alana Dalzell’s 15 came at just the right time, however Fox Lodge picked up the Ireland International’s wicket to take the game right down to the wire.

Ironically, the winning run came in the form of another extra as Bready secured the points in the final over in a game that really could have gone either way.

Amy Caulfield and Kia McCartney took centre stage at Sandel Lodge as Coleraine beat Strabane by 140 runs to move up to fourth place in the table.

Amy and Hannah Skinner (23) put on 68 for the first wicket before she and Kia took on all the visitors’ bowlers in an unbroken second wicket stand of 167 as the Bannsiders closed on 235-1. Caulfield hit 16 fours and a six in her 56-ball 103* while her batting partner hit 12 fours in her 44-ball unbeaten 75.

It was a fine effort from the Coleraine pair and Strabane had little chance of clawing back the huge target. Aimee-Le Finlay made 15* and Kylie McGarrigle 13; but that was to be as good as it got in reply.

Kia swapped bat for ball to claim 3-16 from her 4 overs with Connie Block and Rebecca Tosh picking up two wickets each as Strabane were bowled out for 95 in the last over.

Bonds Glen came out on top in another fairly high-scoring game at home to Newbuildings courtesy of a fine half century from Steph Wilkinson and 38* from Lucy Thompson as they chased down the visitors’ target of 143-1 to win by 7 wickets. Steph hit 7 fours and a six in her 56 with Emily Young chipping in with 17 and Katie Guy picking up two of the three wickets to fall.

Earlier, Ella Wasson hit 6 fours and a six in an excellent 72*- sharing in an unbroken second wicket stand of 142 with skipper Laura McGarrigle who finished on 40 not out.┬áIt wasn’t to be enough however and despite the batters’ best efforts, it was the Bee Gees who claimed the points.

 

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