Women & Girls Future Series under way in North West
There was a cracking start to this week’s Women & Girls Future Series as Foyle College hosted the first double header of the tournament on Monday afternoon.
Star of the show on Day 1 was Siuin Woods- the YMCA teenager scoring an unbeaten 123 for the Cricket Leinster Women’s XI as they beat the Northern Knights Women by a whopping 224 runs.
Woods hit 10 fours and 2 sixes in her 127-ball marathon; sharing in a 92-run opening stand with Christina-Coulter Reilly who made 49 (7 fours, 1 six).
An additional 54 extras helped the southerners cause as they posted 281-5 in their 40 overs with Jess Mayes (2-46) the pick of the Knights’ bowlers.
The Belfast side were never in the hunt in reply- Gracie Keenan with 14 the best of their 57 all out; Maria Kerrison (4-17) and Kimli McDonald (2-3) ensuring a bloodless victory for their side.
The day’s other game was a real nail-biter as the North West girls lost by a quickly diminishing 2 wickets against Leinster’s under-17’s.
The home side started really well as Arianna McKenna (28), Molly Devine (20) and Cody Wallace (14) got them to 81-2 before the wheels came off in the second half of the innings.
Freya Sargent (3-13) and Aimee Maguire (3-18) did the bulk of the damage as the North West were bowled out for 103.
Isobel Light top scored with 21 in the reply while Lucy McDonough made 17 and Alice Walsh 13 in the middle order, however they too lost wickets regularly.
Zara Craig bowled superbly to pick up 4-14, and Leinster were still six runs short when the 8th wicket fell, however Alice Tector and Naimh MacNulty were able to steer the ship home from there.
The North West Cricket Union wishes to place on record our appreciation to Foyle College after the weekend’s torrential rain looked set to affect today’s programme.
We are indebted to Foyle for hosting the games at very short notice.
Action continues on Tuesday and we’ll bring you a round-up of Day 2 after that.
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.