Ladies Match Report (h) -v- The Hills – Division Three

Ladies v The Hills – 10 July 2013

On a glorious Summer’s evening last week there were 2 notable events in the Park. One was Justin somebody singing and the other was the Phoenix ladies taking on The Hills who had beaten them earlier in the season in the cup. The team who made it through the Garda checkpoints by various modes of transport was:

Kate Voice (Captain), Debbie Chapman, Helen Caird, Lisa Kelly, Sarah McIntosh, Sheila Martin, Vanessa Kelada, Hannah McGuckin, Deirdre Fahy, Jannat Adil, Sarah Moore.

The Hills invited Phoenix to bat first and we made a steady start with Lisa Kelly and Sarah McIntosh putting on 22 before Sarah was bowled. Lisa lost her wicket in the next over and then the Vanessa and Hannah duo set about upping the score. They faced very few dot balls and did a lot of running in the almost tropical heat. Much to the relief of some of the older team members (well me any way) not relishing scampering between the wickets, no further batswomen were required because Vanessa and Hannah batted right through to the end of the innings. Vanessa finished with 42 not out off 42 balls and Hannah on 32 not out off 44 balls. A fantastic partnership of 82 which brought our final total to a competitive 114 for 2.

Deirdre Fahy and Jannat Adil opened the bowling and our Monday night fielding practice paid off when we ran out the Hills Captain Caroline Clinton in the third over. Jannat bowled the dangerous Katie Boylan in the sixth over bringing the score to 34 for 2 off 6 overs. Vanessa then bowled Sophie Clinton in her second over leaving the score at 47 for 3 off 9 overs. The Hills remained up with the rate as Hannah and Sarah Mooretook over the bowling. With 3 overs to go The Hills were on 95, so 20 were required off the final 18 balls. Jannat bowled her last over for only 4 runs leaving 16 required off the final 12 balls.

At this stage Phoenix were favourites but Vanessa and Jannat were bowled out so Captain Kate asked Sarah McIntosh, recently selected for North Leinster U15s, to bowl the 19th over. This went for another 4 runs and left The Hills requiring 12 off the final over for victory. Opening bowler Deirdre came back on to bowl this pressure over and with The Hills throwing the bat at everything and running everything the over went as follows:
2 runs, dot ball, boundary 4, 3 runs, 2 runs
That makes it 11 scored and the scores tied with one ball to go. The whole field came in to stop the surely inevitable single but the Phoenix Ladies are never beaten and the ball was fielded by Lisa Kelly and thrown in to wicket keeper Debbie who effected the run out.

The LCU have changed their regulations so wickets lost are no longer relevant so 114 for 2 was matched by 114 for 4 and the game was an honourable tie.

Thanks to the President for umpiring, the Pope (aka Conor) for scoring and Graham for not only being our water girl but also making divine cheesecake for tea.