Ireland claim European Championships
Ireland captured the Senior Women's European Championships at The Hills with yet another comprehensive ten wicket victory, this time against The Netherlands.
It was almost an action replay of their win against Scotland, as they chased down a poor Netherlands total of just 68.
Eimear Richardson and Cecelia Joyce were in no bother whatsoever, knocking off the runs with the minimum of fuss in just 13.2 overs.
Richardson faced 34 balls for her unbeaten 28, being particularly strong off the back foot through point and the cover region. She struck three boundaries and played with great timing, power and placement.
Her fellow opening partner Cecelia Joyce was equally as impressive, hitting 35 not out from 47 deliveries, finding the boundary five times. Joyce too played some very powerful shots, although she favoured the square leg and midwicket region.
Earlier in the day The Netherlands had made a solid start after winning the toss and electing to bat. Their opening pair of Violet Wattenberg and Cheraldine Odoulf survived a run out scare in the opening over, to put on 32, before their luck ran out, when a mix up saw them both at the one end, and Odoulf sacrificed herself to save her more established partner.
From then it was a trial by spin, which The Netherlands failed miserably. They simply had no answer to the wiles and variations of 'spin twins' Eimear Richardson and Ciara Metcalfe.
Richardson benefited from bowling straight, picking up no fewer than four lbw verdicts in her favour, finishing with the excellent analysis of 5 for 13.
Metcalfe impressed in her first outing of the tournament, taking 4 for 21, including the prized wicket of Wattenberg for 34. She struck five boundaries, and faced 77 balls in total. The score when she departed was 45 for 2, and in no time at all the Dutch middle and lower order capitulated, as they were skittled for 68 in 32.4 overs.
No other batsman reached double figures, and they will be bitterly disappointed following their excellent batting display yesterday.
- The captains at the toss
- The umpiring team
- Heather Whelan bowling
- Boundary for Violet Wattenberg
- MC for the day, Jim Bennett
- Played to leg by Cheraldine Odoulf
- Runs for Violet Wattenberg
- A smiling Melissa Scott-Hayward
- On drive by Wattenberg
- Tournament officials
- More runs for Violet Wattenberg
- Violet Wattenberg and Cheraldine Odoulf
- Pushed away by Wattenberg
- Heather Whelan
- Jill Whelan
- Emma Beamish can't believe it
- Amy Kenealy gives chase
- Jill Whelan bowling
- Cover drive by Violet Wattenberg
- Odoulf is run out
- The Whelans celebrate
- Annemarie Tanke is lbw
- Eimear Richardson appeals
- Delight for Ireland
- Good take by Valmai Gee
- That's out says Inga Bevers
- Ireland celebrate
- Former Ireland coaches John Wills and Matt Dwyer
- Fergus Carroll enjoying the game
- Emma Beamish gives chase
- Driven away
- Return for Ciara Metcalfe
- Another lbw verdict for Eimear Richardson
- Amy Kenealy congratulates Eimear Richardson
- Catch for Melissa Scott-Hayward
- Miranda Veringmeier
- Attempted stumping by Gee
- Brilliantly caught by Scott-Hayward
- Mandy Kornet departs
- Attempted run out
- Denise Hannema is bowled
- Resolute defence
- Ciara Metcalfe bowling
- Successful appeal
- Attacking field
- Ciara Metcalfe delighted
- Huge appeal for lbw
- Evelien Gerrits is struck on the pad
- Eimear Richardson punches the air in delight
- Matt Dwyer
- On driven by Cecelia Joyce
- Eimear Richardson
- Runs for Cecelia Joyce
- Poetry in motion
- Well fielded
- Mandy Kornet
- Pulled to the boundary by Joyce
- Another boundary for Cecelia Joyce
- Back foot drive by Eimear Richardson
- Cecelia Joyce and Eimear Richardson
- Runs for Eimear Richardson
- Boundary for Cecelia Joyce
- Umpire Lee Goldsmith keeping a close eye on proceedings
- More runs for Eimear Richardson
- Cecelia Joyce
- One handed shot by Joyce
- Run out attempt by Wattenberg
- Eye on the ball
- Cecelia Joyce and Eimear Richardson
- The Netherlands leave the field