Two of the Coast’s northern based cricket clubs have been off to a phenomenal start in the Central Coast Cricket Association’s Womens’ T20 Competition, with Northern Power Orange and the Warnervale White undefeated moving into Round 4.
It was the Leard show for the White’s Round 3 clash with reigning premiers, Terrigal-Matcham, with Warnervale’s Arlya and Ebonie Leard pulling out all stops to keep the Whites’ unbeaten record in check.
Batting first, Terrigal-Matcham, led by Ella Merritt (51 off 27 balls with 11 fours), Janet Radcliffe (39 not out) and youngster, Emily Humphries (21), put together a very competitive total of 6/170 off their 20 overs.
Samantha Hardie was the leading Warnervale White bowler with two wickets.
In reply, the Leard’s put on a partnership of 113, with Ebonie scoring 45 before she was dismissed.
Arlya, both prior to retiring and upon returning, put together a very polished innings of 69, and with the assistance of an unbeaten 21 from Michelle Presgrave, saw their side to victory in the last over.
Merritt topped off an excellent match taking 2/23 off her four overs.
Northern Power Orange remain at the top of the ladder following their 63 run win over The Entrance at Taylor Park.
Winning the toss and batting first, the Orange side overcame the early loss of Kerry Seymour to post 6/119 off their 20 overs.
Amanda Whittaker (30), Keiran Abel (27) and Crystal Osborne (20) were the leading batters.
Aisha Pearce was excellent opening the bowling for The Entrance, taking 3/17 off her four overs, whilst Miranda Crosdale was also very effective with 2/14 off four overs.
In response, Hailey Paul was again very good with the bat, scoring 25, which included five boundaries.
However, she was the only batter to reach double figures, as The Entrance were dismissed for 56.
Renee Beattie was the best of the Orange bowlers with 2/2 off 2.3 overs, whilst Bec Callan’s leg spin also caused trouble taking 2/10 off 3 overs.
Southern Spirit also remain undefeated this season after they beat Warnervale Blue at Col Gooley Oval.
A boundary laden 43 not out from Skipper, Sally Oman, was the catalyst to the Spirit side scoring 4/166 off their 20 overs.
Jess Holmes was the pick of the Warnervale bowlers with 2/24 off her four overs.
The Blues struggled to keep up with the run rate against tight Spirit bowling and despite Holmes (26), Mikaedy Sammut (25) and Sharon Korocz (22 not out), they could only manage 2/119 from their allotted 20 overs.
In the final game of the round, it was club versus club, with Northern Power Blue up against the White.
Despite putting in their best performance of the year, the Blues could not overcome the White, who have cemented themselves as a major contender for this year’s premiership.
Kathryn Lintott (25) and Kelly Jolley (20) guided the Blue’s side to 5/96 off their 20 overs.
In reply, the White were able to pass the score in the 19th over, however, it took an unbeaten 18 from their Captain, Stacey McNeill, including 13 as the last batter, to get them over the line.
Media release, Oct 29
Garry Burkinshaw, Central Coast Cricket Association