CRICKET WOMEN’S LEAGUE
a FINE innings of 74 from Malahide’s Caoimhe McCann wasn’t enough to see her side chase down a Pembroke total of 157 in the Sprint Coatings Women’s Division 1 encounter at Sydney Parade on Thursday evening.
The home side batted first and suffered the early loss of Louise Little for 2 off the bowling of Sarah Condron, with Arlene Kelly taking the catch.
Shauna Kavanagh came in at number 3 to join the remaining opener, Irish international colleague Mary Waldron, with both passing 50 before Waldron fell to Isobel McCormack for 64.
Kavanagh had made an impressive 76 when she was caught by wicketkeeper Amy Hunter off the bowling of Kelly.
McCann and Hunter opened the reply for the visitors and had put on 40 when Hunter was removed by Anna Beale for 15.
Anna Kerrison helped McCann to put on 83 for the second wicket before succumbing to an excellent caught-and-bowled by Little for 26, with the score on 123 in the 18th over.
Arlene Kelly was next in as the visitors passed 130 in the chase, but the fall of McCann in the penultimate over saw any remaining faint hope extinguished for the Northsiders and they finished their allocation 24 runs short.
Elsewhere, picturesque Oak Hill Cricket Club in Wicklow was the setting for the opening fixture in round two of the Arachas Super Series - the penultimate game before Ireland welcome South Africa to Dublin for a six-game series in June.
The Typhoons were reliant on their middle order to steady the ship after a rocky start saw The Hills’ Jane Maguire claim the wicket of Rebecca Stokell in the second over for a duck.
Georgina Dempsey, Celeste Raack and Ava Canning all posted scores in the 20s before the tail was mopped up, with Maguire claiming her second wicket of the day when she removed Freya Sargent to bring the innings to a close on 120 all out.
Rush’s Ellie McGee sent down five overs and took the wicket of Malahide’s Maria Kerrison, conceding just eight runs.
The Scorchers required only 24 overs to complete the chase, returning Irish international Gaby Lewis impressing with a player-of-the-match knock of 62, with support coming from Rachel Delaney (15) and Shauna Kavanagh (21).
The Hills’ recent South African signing Robyn Searle picked up the wickets of Kavanagh and Clontarf’s new Australian addition Bhavi Devchand as she continued her impressive start to life in the northern hemisphere.