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Review of NCU Girls Under 17's victory against North West Girl's Under 17's at Stormont, on July 5th

Richard White

NCU Under 17 Girls 2017The NCU Under 17 Girls (sponsored by PWC) were asked to bat first by their North-West counterparts, in the Inter-Provincial challenge at Stormont. A tight opening spell of bowling from Alana Dalzell and Ronnie Miller proved difficult for the NCU, as wickets fell at regular intervals. Charlotte Slater top scored with thirteen runs in a total of 44 all out from 12 overs.

Despite the low total to defend the NCU opening bowlers Abbi Leckey and Nikhita Gondhia produced a magnificent spell of bowling with Leckey finishing with career best figures of 4 overs, 1 maiden, 5 wickets for 7 runs. The North-West found it difficult to develop partnerships in pursuit of the low total. Cara Murray, Amy Hunter, Taryn Schutzler and Molly Mathers continued to build pressure, bowling the North-West out for 36 runs.

Other notable performances on the day came from Cara Murray (6 catches) and Erin McQuiston's wicket keeping. The efforts of the NCU Under 17 Girls winning by eight runs proved that any score is defendable in cricket, and illustrated how low scoring games can be very exciting. 

A T20 friendly was played after the Inter-Provincial which the NCU Under 17 Girls won by one wicket with five balls to spare.

North West Under 17 Girls 84: T. Miller 30, C. Murray 5 for 13

Northern Cricket Union Under 17 Girls: 84/9 from 19.1 overs: C. Murray 42, A. Hunter 13, A. Leckey 9, A. Dalzell 3-16, C. Deans 3-19