Ginninderra had the first win of the day and captain Mary Waters elected to bat first. Unfortunately, their innings was disturbed by a superb spell of bowling from left arm speedster Naomi Woods who took a stunning 6/19 off 5.2 overs. The Tigers were bowled out for 110 on 35.1 overs and a big effort would be required to defend the total.
They received a huge boost when Mia Phelps dismissed opener Claire Russell for nought and Annie Pham for 5. However, young star Grace Kuchlmayr remained firm at the crease for 38* in a partnership of 85 with captain Alisa Clark (28) and Wests achieved victory with just 4 wickets down in 23 overs. Phelps captured a 3rd wicket to be the standout Ginninderra bowler.
Wests won by 6 wickets.
Tuggeranong captain Jamie Kneebone asked Norths to bat first at Harrison Oval in the clash of 2nd vs 3rd. North’s opening bat Adelaide Jones, refreshed from not playing in the early part of the season, led the way with a match winning 58. The Tuggeranong attack of Tayah Hancock (4/24), Victoria King and Megan Mayoh Support 2/17 off 8 very miserly overs) all bowled with great kill, swinging the ball in both directions. Jones was able to receive enough support from Jess Phillips (17), Laura Berry (13) and Aimee Slocombe (12no) to push Norths to 167 from their 40 overs. Kneebone also finished with 2/11.
Unfortunately, the Tuggeranong captain was dismissed early but fellow opener Victoria King rattled along to 57 including 10 boundaries before being caught by a stunning catch to Isabella Meere. Mayoh made a slashing 29 which included a six but when she departed, the innings fell away and Norths were victors by 34 runs. Sarah Staples took two other fine catches in a brilliant fielding display by Norths. Maddison McGarry took 3/35, Staples 2/25 and Meere 2/30.
Norths won by 34 runs.
Lynne O’Meara Cup Final – Saturday 23 March
Western District-UC vs North Canberra Gungahlin at Kaleen Enclosed Oval 12.45pm start