Vitality Women’s Club T20 Finals Day Report
Posted by Graham Hurst on 25/06/2018 10:53
Finchley Gunns CC were crowned winners of the inaugural Vitality Women’s Club T20 Cup after two convincing wins on finals day.
Batter Cat Dalton, a regular for Middlesex Women and a former Ireland international, was the star for the London-based club, hitting 145 runs across the semi-final and final at Newport Cricket Club in South Wales.
Finchley, who play their cricket in the Middlesex leagues, beat Winchester-based Hursley Park CC by 52 runs in the final, having breezed past Berkswell CC in the semi.
Dalton’s authoritative 75 spearheaded a strong effort batting first in the final. She was ably supported by captain and opening partner Kylie White, with Finchley losing their first wicket of the entire day in the 13th over of their second game – when White was run out for 20.
Dalton, who hit 10 fours and a six, was then backed up by the big-hitting Finchley middle order as the Gunns finished with a flourish to post 144/5.
Hursley Park stuttered at the start of their chase, losing Sarah Attrill for 2, Harriet Batchelor, caught behind for a duck and Sian Edwards for 8. It left them 22/3 off five overs and with a mountain to climb. Rebecca Tyson did the early damage with two wickets.
Hursley Park were always behind the asking rate and when Amy Mistry was bowled for 4, leaving them 52/5 in the 12th over, it was virtually sealed. Courtney Lowman (32) offered resistance but Hursley finished 92/9, 52 runs short.
Winning skipper White, upon collecting the trophy, said: “We’ve been decimated by playing so many games in the county competition so we’ve had young kids playing.
“So I just want to thank those guys and their parents. They’ve been awesome and Cat Dalton was just brilliant today.”
Earlier, Dalton hit 70 not out to ensure Finchley eased past Berkswell’s 115/6 without loss. Hursley Park were given a more thorough test in their own semi-final clash but surpassed the Sessay CC total of 128/3 for the loss of five.
Just like in the Cup, one batter dominated the Plate as Somerset’s Bridgwater CC walked home with the trophy.
Bernadette Forge, having hit 60 not out earlier in the day, continued her sensational form with a blistering hundred as Bridgwater posted 185/4, Forge blasting an unbeaten 114.
It looked a tall order for Cottingham CC and so it proved as they could only muster 99/9, giving Bridgwater an 86-run win.
Both finalists had recorded fairly straightforward semi-final victories. Bridgwater bowler Laura Gibson’s 3/16 – which included two wicket-maidens – helped restrict Stony Stratford CC to 122/5 before Forge led the way with the bat to secure an eight-wicket win.
Cottingham were indebted to Katy Russell’s 4/10 in keeping Andover CC to just 79/9, Sarah McDowell smashing an unbeaten 56 in the chase to win by 10 wickets.
But the day belonged to two powerful openers: Dalton the Cup winner for Finchley Gunns and Forge whose brilliance secured the Plate for Bridgwater.