A fine bowling display by NCU Women ensured they won the opening match against Jersey by 35 runs.

Storm Francis necessitated a change of venue, with Stormont stepping in to host the encounter.

Batting first the NCU were restricted to what looked about a par total of 93 for 5, with the Channel Island side fielding tigerishly backing up their bowlers who stuck to their task well.

Skipper Amy Caulfield top scored with 21 and there were also solid contributions from Amy Hunter (18), Amy Benson (15), debutant Rachel Thomas (12*) and Natasha Morton (11).

(Action from Jersey's game in Belfast against the NCU)

Successful bowlers for Jersey were Rose Hill (2-16), Flo Tanguy (1-12), captain Chloe Greechan (1-13) and Trinity Smith (1-20).

Effie Bowley (13) got Jersey's reply off to a solid start but thereafter the wheels came off as wickets fell in clusters - four in the space of four overs at one juncture.

Muckamore's Nikki Niblock (3-13) was the destroyer-in-chief taking three wickets, while Abbi Leckey (2-7) and Jennifer Hanna (2-14) picked up two apiece. Staci Maxwell and Emma McMurray were the other successful bowlers.

The sides meet again on Thursday at Stormont following the conclusion of the interprovincial match between MTB Northern Knights and Munster Reds.

SUMMARY SCORE

At Stormont, NCU Women beat Jersey Women by 35 runs

NCU 93/5 (20 overs; A Caulfield 21, A Hunter 18, A Benson 15; R Hill 2-16)

Jersey Women 58 all out (17 overs; E Bowley 13; N Niblock 3-13, A Leckey 2-7, J Hanna 2-14)

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