The Central Coast Rush Women put up a gallant performance before suffering an eight wicket loss to the Newcastle Blasters in Round 1 of the inaugural NSW Cricket Regional Bash Competition.
Winning the toss and batting first, the Rush suffered an early setback with leading batter, Ella Merritt, caught in the first over.
Rochelle Davis and Rebecca Callan set about restoring the innings before Davis was dismissed for 7 with the score on 17.
Young gun, Grace Dignam, joined Callan, and the Central Coast experienced their best spell of the game taking the score to 42 in the 8th over before Callan was bowled for 8.
Dignam was looking good before being run out not long after for 13.
Jacqui Chandler (15) and Sophie Shelley (9) also showed good form with the bat, however, upon their dismissal, the innings ended quickly, with the last four wickets falling for four runs, including a further three run outs as the side looked for quick runs.
With 89 runs on the board, the Central Coast were confident of victory, and when Shelley bowled Newcastle Skipper, Kirsten Smith, for six, confidence was high.
An excellent long range run out by Sally Oman further lifted spirits with the score at 2/26, but it was at this point Newcastle found their tempo, and aided by some dropped catches, were able to pass the Rush’s score in the 14th over without the loss of any further wickets.
“Overall, whilst the result may not have gone their way, the Rush certainly did the Coast proud in the first ever women’s representative match and are already planning for next year’s competition.
“Thanks to the big crowd who attended the match to support them,” said Central Coast Cricket Association representative, Garry Burkinshaw.
Media release, Oct 13
Garry Burkinshaw, Central Coast Cricket Association