Women grab 1st win of the season!
By Ali Cutler
Last ball thriller
Chester Boughton Hall 215/2 v Stockport Trinity 214/5
Chester Boughton Hall Ladies gained their first victory of the season in Division 1 the Cheshire Women’s Cricket League, with an 8 wicket win at home to Stockport Trinity, scoring the winning run on the last ball of a high scoring thriller. If you weren’t at Filkins Lane to witness this game, you really did miss out.
The visitors won the toss, elected to bat and the opening partnership of Sarah McCann and Charlotte Peacock put on 71 for the first wicket, until McCann (35) was out to a sharp catch by Jo Herbertson off Gemma Rose. Carys White joined Peacock in the middle and the pair shared a partnership of 105, before White (70) fell to Meg Cureton (1/35), thanks to a diving catch by keeper Tessie Nickson. Peacock (43) soon followed her team-mates back to the pavilion, run out by Molly Price. Gaby McKeever added a useful 20 before being bowled by Rose (2/37). Gill Spragg was run out for a duck on the last ball of the innings by Molli Coleman leaving Emma Royle undefeated on 11 as her team posted a very challenging total of 214/5. Price (0/24), Zoe Cabral (0/43) Nickson (0/13) and Ali Cutler (0/37) completed the CBH bowling attack.
Skipper Ali Cutler and Meg Cureton gave the home team a solid start with Cutler striking 3 boundaries before being bowled by McKeever (1/42) for 13. Nicole Fisher joined Cureton in the middle and the pair put on a superb 2nd wicket partnership of 179. They complemented each other’s batting styles beautifully, with Cureton scoring at a run a ball and Fisher playing a patient anchor role. Together they put their team within reach of what appeared, at one time, a near impossible run chase. Cureton was finally dismissed for 119, completing a fine all-round performance, stumped by Sarah McCann off Smith (1/25), leaving the home side needing 21 off two overs. A large crowd had gathered at the side of the pitch and on the balcony, but it was the Chester Boughton Hall fans that were cheering, as Molli Coleman crashed her first delivery for 4, followed by another. Fisher and Coleman required 7 off the last over and they kept the crowd on the edge of their seats, as the scores were level with a ball to go. The pair completed the victory with a single, taking their team to a brilliant eight wicket victory with Fisher undefeated on 47 and Coleman on 9 not out.