Round 4 Lynne O’Meara Cup
The Weston Creek girls had played some scintillating cricket in the opening 3 rounds, but inconsistency had been costly. So, their match against Tuggeranong was going to test their ability to put a full game together. Taking the opportunity to bat first, young ACT/NSW Country opener Clare Levings gave Creek a wonderful start as she showed her full range of shots in a brilliant 81 off 96 balls. Unfortunately, the rest of the order failed to capitalize, and they were dismissed for 151 in 31.5 overs. The destroyer was Rebekah Stephenson who is still to reach her teenage years yet was able to spin a web through the Creek middle order taking 4/14 off 4 overs of skilful leg spin. This followed her 4 wickets the week before. Fellow leggie Liz Coper-Jones took 3/26 and Kallie Gumm took 2 wickets.
In reply, Tuggeranong’s innings played out similarly with Jamie Kneebone (51 off 64 balls) playing a commanding innings up front while the remainder of the order capitulated. Opening bowler Monica Gair tore through the order with a sensational hat-trick that saw all three dismissals caught behind by Levings. Amal Palekar took 2/10 off 5.2 overs and Shelly Chattin captured 2/12 in Tuggeranong’s total of 107.
Weston Creek Molonglo won by 44 runs.
The young Ginninderra team batted first in this match at Harrison Oval. Again, the batting lacked partnerships against an accurate Norths attack and they were dismissed for 103. Jess Phillips returned the best figures with 2/23 while five other bowlers all collected one wicket each.
Norths executed their chase perfectly and achieved victory with 4 wickets down and 3.1. overs remaining. Maddy McGarry finished on 35* after Phillips made a quick-fire 21 off 19 balls at the top of the order.
North Canberra-Gungahlin won by 6 wickets.
Eastlake asked the Wests girls to bat first at Kaleen Oval, however, the day just went from bad to worse for the Demons from that point on. An aggressive West line-up, led by Annie Pham (56 off 59 balls), Grace Kuchlmayr who showed great concentration to bat through innings for 51* and Cherie Taylor made 32 off just 35 balls. Janet King (2/26 off 8 overs) and Sophie Jung (2/21 off 8 overs) were as reliable as always but they couldn’t stop Wests from compiling 5/219 off their 40 overs.
Before Eastlake could blink they were in ruins at 5/11 and Wests showed no mercy as they continued to pile on the pressure and bowled the Demons out for just 29. Naomi Woods took an amazing 3/2 off 4 overs, Alisa Clark took 3/6 off 3 overs and young Chloe McGann took 3/10 off 3 overs.
Western District-UC won by 190 runs.
With 1 round to play the Lynne O’Meara Cup Ladder is:
Western District-UC, 8
Weston Creek Molonglo, 8
North Canberra-Gungahlin, 8