By Jason Irvine
North needed just five overs to chase down Central’s target of 44 runs without losing a wicket in the Round 5 Barrier District Cricket League (BDCL) Women’s match on Friday night, to make it three wins from three games this season so far.
Under lights at the Jubilee Oval, North won the toss and sent Central into bat, which paid dividends as Keira Boxsell found form early, taking a wicket in the first over of the game which proved to be a wicket maiden, with her remaining three overs each going for zero runs also.
After getting two down courtesy of Ellie Simmons’ first-ever wicket, Central’s first drop Brianna Turley looked to steady the innings and was the only batter for her side to reach double figures, getting out for 16.
While Turley’s wicket was the start of a collapse where Central lost 6/8 – including Natalie Roach being on a hat-trick, and a run out that brought smiles to the North fielders – to the team’s credit, many of their batters kept a steady course throughout the game to see out the 20 overs and finish 8/43.
Jo Smith and Brooklyn Gibson strode out to the crease to get the run chase started for North, and came back just as quickly, as Gibson struck the ball well to all corners of the field, hitting five fours on her way to an unbeaten 25. Meanwhile, Smith contributed five runs to stand alongside her opening partner to have the game wrapped up in five overs.
North’s Stephanie Balman said it was a result that was down to good form, but mostly, the team enjoying themselves and having fun out on the field.
“It’s good to see that we’re finding a bit of form. You do like it to be a little bit more competitive. It was over and done with pretty quickly but it’s good to see some of the younger guys actually getting out there and having a go,” she said.
“To be honest, we had so much fun on Friday night. If it’s not sledging our own teammates, the whole banter, it’s just been really enjoyable. It’s not about winning, we’ve been out there just having fun and everything’s kind of coming together which was good.
“Brooklyn Gibson, she’s been finding her form pretty well with the bat, pretty much all-round really. She’s our wicket-keeper as well. Special mention to Ellie Simmons, she bowled for the first time on
Friday night, managed to pick up a wicket. I probably should’ve given her her first wicket but I dropped a catch but she could’ve had two wickets. Really good to see she’s come out and given it a crack.”
North is scheduled to play South on Sunday, November 27 at Norm Fox Oval from 10:30am.