Rachel McBrine (CricketEurope)
Killyclooney pick up their first win of the season
With perfect conditions on a sunny Monday evening only one ladies game managed to go ahead as we saw Killyclooney pick up their first win of the season against Eglinton.
Overs were reduced to just 16, visitors Eglinton won the toss and elected to put the home side in to bat. In the beginning Killyclooney’s start wasn’t idyllic as they lost opener Jacqueline Hall (0) in the second ball of the game which was a vital wicket for Eglinton so early into the game.
An unbeaten 39 runs from Amber Nicholl and 29 runs from youngster Codi Wallace laid a decent platform for the hosts to finish on a competitive total of 97 for 6 off their 16 overs.
Zara Craig was the most successful of Eglinton’s bowlers finishing on figures of (1-21) off her four overs, although Kenya McCartney’s 1-9 off two overs also deserves a mention as she prevented more runs happening in the last couple of overs.
The ‘Ton’s reply started very promising and runs from Zara Craig (12) and skipper Megan McClintock (22) saw them reach 41 for the loss of one wicket in eight overs.
Linzi Rodgers and Gemma Wallace then changed the course of the match with fantastic bowling figures of 1-21 and 2-22 seemed to knock Eglinton back as at this point they are sitting on 53 off 10 overs.
With limited overs available it now was the task for sisters Kenya McCartney (24*) and Kia McCartney (12*) to chase down the final runs in the last six overs remaining. The McCartney sisters fought well to the very end but were unfortunate as due to overs running out the visitors fell only 12 runs short allowing Killyclooney to achieve their first victory of the season.
In the other games Strabane Saints were due to face Burndennett but due to pitch conditions the game was unable to go ahead. While in other games Newbuildings was due to travel to Magheramason to take on local rivals Bready but due to Newbuildings unable to field a team this game was postponed.
With this being the third week of Newbuildings ladies unable to field a team this makes you wonder is this the crisis that Donemana and Bonds Glen previously struggled with that led to their demise?
A lot more development is happening in Ladies Cricket in the North West it would be disappointing to see another team fold in such a small league.
But with the same issue re-occurring that has been happening to teams over the past few years, there is one question looming over this issue which is, what more needs to be done to strengthen the development of ladies’ cricket further to prevent any more teams from folding? Hopefully we will see Newbuildings bounce back in to action next week as they take on this week’s winners, Killyclooney.
Next Week’s Fixtures (Monday 17th June) Eglinton v Fox Lodge; Bready v Burndennett; Newbuildings v Killyclooney.