Rachel McBrine (CricketEurope)
Burndennett and Bready set the tone in North West Women's League with comprehensive victories in the opening games of the 2019 season.
Firstly, at Magheramason Bready hosted a youthful Strabane Saints team, in what are traditionally hard-fought contests between these two old rivals.
Winning the toss and electing to bat first the Saints got off to a steady start with Una Patton (4) and Anji McPorter (7) pushing the total to 20 in the first 5 overs.
The introduction of Jemma Rankin (4-7-3) at the Pavilion end seemed to shake things up as she dismissed both Patton and McPorter in quick succession.
Emma Doherty (18) top scored but the visitors struggled to up the rate throughout with Steph Wilkinson taking 1 for 8 in her four overs, including the wicket of Doherty.
Her demise saw only an additional 7 runs in the reminding 3 overs allowing them to finish with a modest total of 43.
In reply Bready made a dominant start with a fantastic opening partnership from Alana Dalzell (21) and Sophie Killen (4) which steered the total to 27 off 8 overs.
With the dismissals of Dalzell and Killen in the tenth over due to excellent bowling spell from Chloe Deans (4-12-2) it gave a little glimmer of hope for the Saints.
Steph Wilkinson (9) and Jemma Ranking were next at the crease and the pair ensured no further drama in a convincing win. allowing Rankin’s side to pick up their first points of the season.
Further on up the Victoria Road at Ballymagorry we saw Fox Lodge entertaining league favorites Burndennett.
Batting first, Fox Lodge got off to a disappointing start by losing openers Emma Allen (2) and Sarah Black (5) in the opening 3 overs.
Ashleigh McGinnis (2) and Jame McCauley (5) seemed to have steadied up and the total was now sitting at 20 for 2 off 7 overs.
But dominant bowling performances from Leanne Brandon (4-10-5) and Julie Logue (2-7-2) the visitors were able to put the Foxies for just 25 runs.
Burndennett wasted no time in chasing down the runs with a 24-run partnership between Julie Logue (19*) and Lucy Neely (1*) the target was passed in just 3.4 overs allowing Burndennett to gain their first victory off the season.
The third game that was due to take place between Eglinton and Newbuildings was postponed and will be re-arranged for a later date.
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