It was all about the North-West Ladies Cup on Monday night as Fox Lodge and Killyclooney progressed to the final.
At Ballymagorry, the first game saw Fox Lodge claim a 24-run victory over the season favorites- Burndennett.
Batting first, it looked promising for Fox Lodge as a 20-run stand between openers Sarah Black (9) and Emma Allen (12) helped steer the total to 32 off the opening three overs.
With a change in the bowling from Kacey Laird (2-24), the visitors lost the key wickets of Black and Allen in the seventh over.
At this stage it looked like Burndennett was dominating the Foxies, but all that changed with an unbeaten 67-run partnership between Mollie Devine (35*) and Hannah McLaughlin (32*) which helped the hosts finish with a final total of 105 off their 20 overs.
Burndennett top order has been consistent with the bat throughout the season so far and they didn't disappoint with their response as with an outstanding 50 run stand between Julie Logue (42) and Kylie McGarrigle (13) pushed the total to 55 off the opening eight overs .
Once McGarrigle was dismissed due to the accurate bowling from Mollie Devine (3-12) things seemed to take a turn for the worst for Julie Logues side. Next at the crease Karen Hazlett (8) assisted Logue to push the total to 70 off 13 overs but with a change to the bowling from Lucy Blair (1-10) she picked up the crucial wicket of Hazlet with a massive LBW appeal in the sixteenth over.
Hazlett was then followed in by Kacey Laird (2) as the ‘Dennet found themselves still 35 runs adrift with only four overs remaining. With the bowling staying tight and overs getting light, Burndennett knew that they needed to start hitting out to try and get the reminder runs.
Due to a shot being played wrong and pressures high, Julie Logue was then dismissed due to a stumping from wicket keeper Hannah McLaughlin which was a major wicket for the Foxies to gain at this point. Leanne Brandon (2) was next in and knew that it was down to her to try and hunt the final total down but with the hosts consistently accurate bowling and overs running out, Burndennett only managed to finish on a total of 81 off their 20 overs.
This allowed Fox Lodge to achieve another victory and to progress onto the 2019 ladies cup final.
Killyclooney also booked their place into the ladies final due to a forfeit from Newbuildings as they were unable to field a team yet again.
Speaking to the North-West Killyclooney kipper Jessica McDonald said; "I am delighted to be going through to the 2019 ladies cup final even though we would have preferred to have played to gain the place in the final.
"It’s unfortunate that Newbuildings could not field a team but we hope they can rebuild for the reminder of the season as they are a great bunch of girls.
"We look forward to facing Fox Lodge as it is sure to be a thrilling competition between our two teams but my girls are more determined than ever and we hope I can get the cup back to Killyclooney."
The Date & Venue for the Final will be announced in due course.