Warriors Women edged out as Leinster claim Future Series
It was to be a frustrating end to a really solid Future Series tournament for the North West Women Warriors as they lost by just 4 runs to the NCU at Ballyspallen this afternoon.
All sides went into the final day with one win apiece and a win against the Belfast girls would have given the Warriors a chance of claiming the title, but it wasn’t to be.
Chasing 172 to win, the North West side looked to have the match at their mercy after Mollie Devine (67) and Zara Craig (38) added a 115-run stand for the third wicket. At that point the Warriors needed 34 to win from 50 balls, but some tight bowling from the NCU side kept them at bay.
Jemma Gillan (3-26) was the pick, but in truth they all bowled well as a unit and the hosts closed on 168 all out.
Earlier, Jemma had top scored with 47 and Abbi Harrison had made 45 as the Knights reached 103-1 in the 23rd over before a sensational spell of bowling from Cody Wallace pulled the handbrake on their innings.
Cody helped herself to 6-14; a superb effort that brought her team right back into the match.
Zara Craig picked up 2-25 and coupled with her brilliant performances with the ball earlier in the week, that earned the Warriors skipper and Eglinton player the ‘Bowler of the Series’ award.
The result at Ballyspallen left the way clear for Leinster Women to claim the trophy with a win over their under-17 side at St Johnston, which they duly achieved.
Alice Tector was rightly promoted up the order after a couple of ‘not outs’ this week and the YMCA youngster let no-one down as she again top scored with 43.
Skipper, Freya Sargent added 20 as the 17’s posted 128 all out- Ellie McGee (2-9), Isobel McCormack (2-18) and Kimli McDonald (2-24) all on target for the senior side with the ball.
Siuin Woods has had an excellent week for Leinster and her 30 at the start of the reply here got her team on track, but also saw her pick up the batting award for the tournament.
Tess Maritz made an unbeaten 28 to get the job completed with 5 wickets and 11 overs to spare- Aisling Boggs (2-18) best with the ball for the under-17’s.
All that was left after that was for Andrew Fleming to present Leinster with an impressive Derry Crystal trophy at the end of a thoroughly enjoyable competition.
The North West girls will certainly come on for this tournament; two really narrow losses with a superb victory over the competition winners in between will undoubtedly add to their experience going forward.
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.