Strabane ladies secured second spot in the league with a win over local rivals Fox Lodge on Friday evening last as the curtain fell on the 2018 Championship.

Hazel Britton top scored with 47* as the Red Cap women posted a total of 90- Una Patton (18) and Anji Porter (17*) chipping in to their competitive effort.

Hannah McLaughlin (20) and Mollie Devine (16) gave the Foxies early hope, however Chloe Deans (2-16) and Nicole Mullan (2-19) soon had the Saints back on top.

A final total of 72 all out meant an 18-run success and a second-placed finish behind winners Burndennett for the Park side- a great effort from them this summer.

In the ‘B’ league, Newbuildings were unable to field a team in their ‘decider’ against Killyclooney leaving the latter side to claim the honours in that competition.

‘Clooney skipper Jessica McDonald said, ‘'I am delighted to finish off the 2018 season by winning the ‘B’ league.”

“Throughout the season I have been extremely pleased with how much effort and dedication that the girls have put into this season. We look forward nowto the 2019 season and we hope to be in the top four to be in a chance of being overall league winners.’’

On the whole this season has been reasonablysuccessful with a lot of young girls taking part-showcasing how much talent there is in girl’s cricket within the North West.

Along with the success however, concerns regarding the future of women’s cricket in the North West have also came to light.

With another original member of ladies’ league, Donemana pulling out at the start of the season just one year after Bonds Glen did likewise, the lack of playing numbers was very apparent.

As we look towards the 2019 season a lot of work is needed to secure the future of the women’s game and both the Union and maybe even more the clubs themselves share that responsibility.