Tuggeranong Valley Cricket Club have won the 2016-2017 Glenda Hall Shield in thrilling fashion, defeating Eastlake on the second last delivery of the day. Their victory today will see the Shield return to Chisolm for the first time since 2012/2013.
Using the dewy morning to their advantage, Tuggeranong sent Eastlake into bat. Eastlake openers Erin Pierlot and Elizabeth Edwards got off to a good start, putting on 10 runs before Pierlot found herself run out by the rocket arm of Makayla Clark. Fleta Page also looked looked promising until her momentum was broken by a tricky delivery from Jodi Knight, in her 100th game in the competition, landed plum on her pads. Edwards was quick to follow Page back to the sheds after she edged a ball that landed in the safe hands of Knight off a great ball from Mikayla Gleeson.
Finding themselves 3/17, Eastlake knew they needed stability out in the middle. Enter one of the leading run scorers of the competition, Janet King. King’s equal top-score innings provided a much-needed anchor for her side, helping them climb to 4/36. A tempting ball from Elizabeth Coper-Jones would eventually undo King, with her shot making its way to Knight.
Captain Petra Bright provided a handy innings before falling short of her crease thanks to a quick throw back at the stumps by Jamie Kneebone. Sophie Jung also contributed to the team’s rising total, but was eventually dismissed caught and bowled from Jess Garness.
Equal top run scorer, Cameron Butler was the anchor at the business end of her side’s innings, continuing her strong performance with the bat. Butler looked poised to keep the runs ticking over until she became Kneebone’s first victim, hitting one straight to Kidd. Kneebone’s form would continue with the next delivery, sending Joss Preston back to the sheds for a first ball duck. Eastlake’s tail order then survived through to end of their 20 overs innings and finished on 9/67.
Feeling the grand final pressure and excitement, Eastlake made their way out to the field all guns blazing. Bright set an aggressive and restrictive field that made runs hard to come by. Opener Makayla Clark was first to depart the crease after miss-timing a ball from Page that would be caught by King.
Tuggeranong were then able to exercise patience, with batters Kidd and Kneebone slowly accumulating runs when the opportunity arose. Eastlake appeared in control as the 10th over passed, as Tuggeranong found themselves sitting on 1/24.
Providing a much-needed breakthrough for her team, Neha Chopra (3/ 13) would snare her first of three wickets, sending Kidd packing for 10 runs. Bright then marked her 150th game for Eastlake with a wicket that would see Knight depart for 7 runs.
Despite having wickets in hand, Tuggeranong continued to battle against Eastlake’s fielding attack. Gleeson made a small contribution to their total before becoming Chopra’s second scalp. Chopra then backed up her second wicket with an LBW to send Alex Wilson home.
Tensions were rising as the game reached the final two overs. Requiring 10 runs from 12 balls at 5/58, Tuggeranong were anxious for boundaries, however, Eastlake were continuing to exercise incredibly tight fielding.
Edwards would bowl the penultimate over, looking to apply dot ball pressure. The medium pacer kept Tuggeranong batters Kneebone and Coper-Jones on their toes, forcing them to look for singles to see them enter the final over requiring five runs for victory.
In the game’s final over, chatter amongst the field was squashed by cheers from the roaring crowd. Both teams were in a position to secure a win. However, Kneebone’s experience with the bat shone through and helped her hit the winning runs, getting her team over the line with five wickets in hand.