Rachel McBrine (CricketEurope)
Eglinton were the surprise winners this week as they defeated favorites Bready by 10 runs in the North West Women's League.
Batting first the home side got off to an ideal start as openers Zara Craig (26*) and Megan McClintock (10) pushed the total to 40 off just 8 overs.
With the strong opening partnership things looked idyllic for the home side but it wasn’t until Steph Wilkinson (1-15-4) dismissed McClintock in the 10th over breaking up the fantastic opening partnership and leaving the total at 43 for 1.
With a cameo from batswomen Arianna McKenna who posted a brilliant 31 from just 35 balls (3 fours) kept the runs going on the board with the total now at 74 off 17 overs.
Vanessa Buchanan (2-18-4) displayed bowling class as she picked up the crucial wicket of Mckenna in the 18th over, at this stage things took a slower turn as Eglinton managed to finish with just 76 after their 20 overs.
Bready started off extremely well with a 25-run stand between Alana Dalzell (9) and Lauren McGonigle (14). With changes to the bowling from the pavilion end from Kia McCartney, as she showed her worth with fantastic figures of 2-11 off four overs and also not to mention picking up the crucial wickets of Dalzell and McGonigle, the villagers had Bready in a tight position at this point with the score at 45 for 2 off 15 overs.
With 5 overs remaining and with 31 runs still left to chase, Skipper Jemma Rankin (7) and Vanessa Buchanan (7) tried their best to chase down the total. A McLaughlin made a presence with the ball with figures of 2-11 off four overs which prevented Bready chasing down the final total as they fell 10 runs short allowing Eglinton to pick up their first victory of the season.
Elsewhere at Killyclooney, Strabane Saints proved too strong for the home side clinching an eight wicket win to make it two wins from their opening two games.
Due to weather conditions the game was reduced to 16 overs and Killyclooney was put into bat first after losing the toss.
Denise McDonald (2-19) and Megan Moorehead (1-12) bowled superbly for the Saints, picking up the opening wickets of Lynsey Milligan (0) and Ella McCarron (3) restricting the ‘Clooney to 12 for 2 off 6 overs.
Codi Wallace picked up the pace for the hosts by hitting 30 runs off just 29 balls before being dismissed in the tenth over leaving the total at 42 for 3.
With an unbeaten 32 run partnership from Rachel McBrine (18*) and Amber Nicholl (14*) they steered the final total to 78 runs off 16 overs.
The Saints reply was dominated by Anji McPorter, with the left-handed batswomen hitting 4 fours and 1 six in her 34 not out from just 30 balls.
Codi Wallace was the most successful of Killyclooney bowlers with figures of 1 for 11 off her four overs while Gail Nelson also fared best with figures of 1 for 14 off four overs.
The visitors had no problem chasing down the reminder of runs with McPorter still at the crease with the support of Una Patton (20*) allowed Strabane to chase down the final total in just 12 overs allowing them to achieve yet another victory.
Due to unknown circumstances, Fox Lodge’s game against Newbuildings was postponed and will be played at a later date.
Next Week’s Fixtures Monday 10th June Killyclooney v Eglinton Bready v Newbuildings Strabane v Burndennett