An incredible collapse by Dragons handed Typhoons their first win the Super 50 Cup yesterday at Seapark, Holywood.
In reply to Typhoons 233 for nine, the predominantly Northern Ireland side were coasting to a second victory on 205 for three with more than 10 overs left. But, just 21 balls later they had lost their last seven wickets for just 11 runs with South African professional Robyn Searle taking four wickets.
Although Amy Hunter was caught off her international captain Laura Delany for two, Sarah Forbes and Orla Prendergast both hit half centuries to put the Dragons in control of the chase but Forbes’ dismissal in the 40th over, caught behind off Searle, proved the beginning of the end with the last six batters scoring only three singles between them.
Delany, who gave up the Typhoons’ captaincy yesterday to Rebecca Stokell, dominated the first innings with an undefeated 83, which included 11 fours. Her first 50 came off 54 balls but with perfect acceleration needed only 18 balls for her next 33 runs.
At the other end there were four run outs and five Dragons bowlers, including Cara Murray, Amy Caulfield and Zara Craig, all took one wicket.