Lady Taverners 2018 Finals Day Report
Posted by Graham Hurst on 07/08/2018 15:09
Lady Taverners U13’s – Wednesday 1st August
Leyland won the toss in the first semi-final and decided to bat first with captain Katie Boardman leading the way with 38 runs, her opposite number Sophia Smale was the pick of the bowlers with 1 for 9. In reply Smale scored 47 runs out of the total of 86 all out with Charlie Parkinson taking 3 for 19, Leyland therefore won by 14 runs.
In the second semi-final Porthill Park also won the toss and batted first with captain Katie Bailey scoring 30 and Luana Sims 33 in their total of 107 for 6, Emily Howcroft from Spencer had an excellent spell of 3 for 15. In reply Spencer, led by captain Issy Docherty who scored 40, fought hard to try and overcome Porthill’s total but ended on 98 for 6 with Bailey and Sims having a fine match with bowling figures of 2 for 18 and 2 for 23 respectively.
In the 3rd and 4th place play-off Spencer scored 100 for 6 with Katy Ellis contributing 25 however Newport, with Sophia Smale again the dominant batsman with 69 runs, ensured the 3rd place spot.
In the final Porthill Park managed 94 all out with Abigail Allen scoring 23 and player of the match, Amy Scerri scoring 33. Leyland’s bowlers had a fine all round performance with Summer Carrington 1 for 13, Abby Mort 1 for 12 and Olivia Cunliffe 2 for 19. Captain Katie Boardman scored 41 runs in reply with Leyland seemingly cruising for victory however they lost wickets at key times. Porthill held their nerve in the final few overs with tight bowling and excellent fielding holding Leyland to 91 for 4 so ensuring victory and national champions. Although Leyland weren’t quite able to pull off the win they should be applauded for the huge progress they have made in their first year as a girls section and this augurs well for their future.
Lady Taverners U15’s – Thursday 2nd August
St Cross Symondians won the toss and batted in the first semi-final and scored 107 for 6 with good all round contributions from PJ Watkins with 20, Jess Hazell with 23 and the ever enthusiastic Francesca Robertson also with 23. Tight bowling from Keira Parkes with 1 for 12 and Jennifer Higgs with 2 for 12 ensured the target was manageable, Higgs scored 23 runs in the reply but the batting was dominated by captain Dominique Harrison scoring 57 as they reached the total in only 12 overs.
In the second semi-final Sessay scored a huge 195 for 2 with captain Ophelia Watson scoring 89, Phoebe Turner 39 and Jessica Woolston 41. Hayes battled hard in reply with captain Jemima Ringham scoring 87 in their total of 128 for 3, Katie Baines taking 1 for 13 and Niamh Hall 1 for 3.
In the 3rd and 4th place play-off St Cross scored 143 for 3 with Jess Hazell scoring 53 and captain Finty Trussler 42, Lucia Philpott taking 2 for 13. Hayes replied with Ringham scoring 42, Ryana MacDonald-Gay 40 and Phoebe Wilkinson 36 as they reached the total in the penultimate over.
In the final Sessay continued their batting display by posting 203 for 3 with Phoebe Turner and Jessica Woolston both scoring 71 in magnificent fashion. J & G Meakin understandably struggled to match the required run rate finishing all out for 91 with Jennifer Higgs scoring 27. Sessay were deservedly crowned champions for the second successive season.