Rachel McBrine (CricketEurope)
Burndennett picked up the vital points they needed to secure the North-West Ladies League as they narrowly defeated local rivals Fox Lodge.
Batting first, Julie Logue’s side team posted a modest total of 105 in their 20 overs.
Logue herself made 25 while Nicola Arbuckle continued her impressive bating by making 21, while Kyle McGarrigle also chipped in with 20.
Sarah Black proved best with the ball as she claimed 1-16, while Jamie McCauley added 1-38 off her four overs.
In the first innings the champagne moment was a piece of remarkable fielding by Hannah McLaughlin with her direct hit, as it caused Arbuckle to be run out which proved to be a crucial wicket for the Foxies.
The response wasn’t ideal for Fox Lodge as they struggled early on with the total at 30-4 there was a sense of panic that this wasn’t going to go the way the Foxies wanted.
Destroyer-in-chief was skipper Logue with outstanding figures of 5-12, along with Leanne Brandon 1-16, and Megan McGettigan 1-16.
However, a 59-run stand between Mollie Devine (25) and Angel Laird (15) helped the Foxies redeem themselves but unfortunately due to overs running out the Foxies fell short by 14 runs allowing Burndennett to claim the victory.
With this crucial victory Burndennett are crowned champions of the Ladies League cup.
Speaking after the game, Julie Logue said, "I am over the moon to be 2018 ladies league champions.
“I am the proudest captain tonight, throughout the season my girls have worked hard, even after a defeat they got straight back into the next game and nothing seemed to down our spirits.
“Thanks to Fox Lodge for giving us a very competitive game. At one point I didn’t know where the game was heading but I am thrilled it came out for our advantage.
“Looking ahead to the 2019 season one thing that is worrying to see is that this past Monday night only one ladies game went ahead out of three due to lack of players in teams.
“With Donemana pulling out at the start of the 2018 season and Bonds Glen in 2017 with the same issue and with more games being cancelled due to lack of players it shows that the same effect is happening to other teams.
“You can’t help but be worried at what this means for ladies cricket in the North West and what action needs to take place to preventing any teams pulling out in 2019.”