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NCU Girls Under 17's in tense one wicket victory against North West Girls Under 17's at Burndennett

Richard White

The NCU Under 17 Girls (sponsored by PwC) travelled to Burndennett Cricket Club on Wednesday 26th of July to take on their North-West counterparts. Earlier in the month the NCU had defeated the North-West by only eight runs in a low scoring thriller at Stormont. Wind and passing showers proved to be testing conditions for the NCU opening bowlers, Abbi Leckey and Charlotte Lyons.

Leckey claimed the first wicket in the seventh over by trapping Sarah Black leg before wicket. The North-West thereafter built solid partnerships between Molly Devine, Zara Craig and Toni Miller. Devine scored 44 runs before being bowled by Charlotte Lyons, and her innings helped the North-West post a total of 151 from the allotted 30 overs. 

Jennifer Hanna and Lois Lyttle bowled particularly well towards the end of the innings with a left and right handed batting partnership to test their skills.

On the resumption of play after the interval the Mathers sisters' opened the batting for the NCU. After the openers departed an in form Lois Lyttle came to the crease, but after hitting the first boundary of the innings and running some quick singles she was bowled by Toni Miller.

The fourth wicket partnership of 72 runs proved vital for the NCU as Charlotte Lyons and Amy Hunter steadied the innings. Amy Hunter's innings of 48, including four boundaries and two maximums, proved that she already has cricketing composure and maturity. Upon Amy's dismissal Beth McCrea came to the crease, and along with Abbi Leckey helped to put the NCU into a dominant position.

McCrea departed for 16 and was quickly followed by Jennifer Hanna and Paddi Matthews, however the last wicket partnership of nineteen runs by Jessica Jackson and Abbi Leckey saw the NCU to victory in a tense finish by one wicket. Abbi Leckey showed her experience by taking singles and dispatching the bad ball whilst Jessica Jackson showed determination not to give her wicket away. 

Chloe Deans, Molly Devine and Toni Millar each claimed two wickets each for the North-West.