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Women's League and Cup review (21st June 2019)

Staci Maxwell
(NCU Domestic Committee)
Gardiner Brothers

Gardiner Brothers Premier League 16.06.19
Following some early season availability and weather set backs Lurgan found themselves playing Muckamore who had only experienced one defeat so far this season. Muckamore couldn't have asked for a better start, when openers Keates and Caulfield, finished unbeaten both batting out their allotted 20 overs. Caulfield scoring 89 and Keates 37.

The target for Lurgan was 158. An innings of strict bowling from Muckamore resulted in problems for Lurgan. Chloe Neville (33) and Sophie Hinds (17) made the most notable contributions. Jo Davis bowled well to finish with 3-8 and Caulfield 1-9. Muckamore winning by a margin of 75 runs.

After a steady start to the season Waringstown hosted Lurgan in what was a short commute. Lurgan batted first sadly, for them, all their runs came at the bottom of the order with the first 5 batters scoring 18 runs between them. Waringstown bowled well to restrict them to a total of 86. Lyons, Harrison and Matthews all getting two wickets.

Waringstown had similar fortunes with the bat. However, Cara Murray went in and played a patient 43* which steadied the ship. Lurgan struggled to have the same success as Waringstown with the ball which lead to a 4 wicket win for Waringstown.

Gallagher Women's Challenge Cup
Instonians found themselves hosting North Down in the Gallagher womens cup. Instonians, currently unbeaten in their league played a North Down team who are yet to find form this season, having not won a game to date.

Instonians batted first and posted a massive total of 203. Amy Hunter was undoubtedly the star of the show scoring 130* scoring no less than 19 boundaries. There was nothing North Down could do to stop the barrage of runs.

Keenan and Hewitt for North Down got the only two Instonian wickets. Instonians backed up their extrodianry batting with a brilliant bowling performance. Milligan (4-18), Reid (2-8) and Harrison (2-26), all making valuable contributions for Inst.

Instonians won the match by 109 runs and progress to the next round of the cup.