North West Women stun Leinster on Future Series Day 2
A half century from Mollie Devine and a superb five-wicket haul for Zara Craig saw the North West Women clinch a stunning win over Leinster Women at Foyle College on Tuesday afternoon as the Future Series continued into Day 2.
It was a complete turnaround from Day 1 when the southerners and their under-17 side had both posted wins over the NCU and North West respectively, meaning the teams now go into Wednesday’s final round of 40-over matches with everyone on one win apiece.
Eglinton all-rounder Zara tore the heart out Leinster’s middle order as they batted first; the skipper with a stunning spell of bowling that produced figures of 5-7 from 6 overs.
Charlie Scott had earlier got the ball rolling with 3-21 from 8 with only skipper Christina Coulter-Reilly (25) making any inroads with the bat.
A ninth wicket stand between Sarah Condron (23 not out) and Maria Kerrison (22) doubled the Leinster score from 55-8 as they closed their innings on 112 all out.
Condron (2-17) and Isobel McCormack then removed openers Arianna McKenna and Cody Wallace with just 1 run on the board in reply, before Mollie played her hand with the bat.
The Fox Lodge skipper hit 5 fours in her patient 56, with Lucy Neely adding 13, Zara 11 and Jemma Rankin 10 not out as she and Alice McLaughlin saw the hosts home with 3 wickets to spare.
On the other pitch, Alice Tector, batting at 9, made an impressive 30 not out that allowed the Leinster under-17’s set a respectable 157 all out against the NCU.
Isobel Light added 25 at the top of the order while Lucy McDonough chipped in with 16- a wayward 50 extras from the Belfast side making their chase that much more difficult.
Jennifer Hanna bowled a superb spell to end with figures of 5-9 with Abbi Leckey picking up 2-33 as the NCU girls managed to keep things under control.
The Knights’ batting was well up to the task- wicketkeeper Abbi Harrison (45) and skipper Charlotte Lyons (38 not out) with an 89-run stand that broke the back of the chase.
Jemma Gillan weighed in with 29 and Sarah Rountree 19 as the Knights posted a 5-wicket victory with more than 9 overs to spare.
The NWCU is once again very grateful to Foyle College for hosting today’s games.
The North West Warriors Women & Girls are sponsored by Fleming Engineering whose logo will appear on the new playing kit and on advertising boards around the boundary. The support of Fleming Engineering is hugely appreciated by Warriors players, coaches and the NWCU: http://www.flemingltd.