The Creditwest TRNC Ladies Cricket team’s final match of the Autumn League was a damp affair in every sense. The weather reminded those who had played in England of a bitterly cold early April match, when everyone would be playing with frozen blue hands.
Wrapped up warm, stand-in TRNC captain Steph Routledge’s girls immediately set about the Limassol’s batting, with herself taking an early wicket when Lynn Holman snapped up a sharp catch behind. Supported by Val Clayton the North held the first batting pair to 13 runs. The next bowling combination was Linda Hurley who worked hard and debutant Lindsay Brown whom the Southerner’s found almost unplayable as she swung the ball both ways giving only 3 runs away. Finally Gina Mapp and Routledge attempted to contain the opposition but they conceded 16 runs between them bringing the total to 141.
Routledge said at the time, it was a gettable score, but admitted the bowling hadn’t sparkled as they would have liked. In reply, openers Lynda Hurley and Val Clayton immediately faced hostile Limassol bowling, but they dug deep and would have ended with a decent total had they not both been run out which is minus 10 runs in pairs cricket. Next the outstanding Brown and Routledge set about the opposition scoring 13 and 10 respectively. Finally Gina Mapp (10) and Lynn Holman (5) threw everything they had in their attempt to get the 18 needed for victory, but disappointingly fell 2 runs short.
Throughout the league, the Sri Lankan C.C had dominated, however for the second time in succession the TRNC got close to beating them. Pick of the bowlers Routledge and Brown restricted the sub-continent team to a modest 35 and made a win for the North a real possibility. With orders from coach Nigel Holman to carefully build a platform, Hurley and Clayton fought hard to resist Mali and Nilu, but they found scoring difficult. Second pair Routledge (5) and Brown (10) did their utmost to inject momentum, but left Holman (10) and Mapp (0) still needing 20 when they came to the crease. Despite it being demanding, they attacked from the off. Right until the last few balls, they were on target for a memorable victory, but once Mapp was bowled attempting a 4, the chance had gone.
Regardless of losing both games last Sunday the team were in high spirits. They knew they had played their hearts out and as coach Holman told them, the two games had been their best performances since they had begun playing. Their fielding was the most professional on show and the spring season was full of promise.
In the other game. The Sri Lankans had overcome Limassol by a large margin of 25 runs.
The final league table was:
Creditwest All Cyprus Ladies Cricket League
Team Played Won Points
Sri Lankans 6 6 12
Limassol 6 2 4
TRNC 6 1 2
Practice for the Spring League will start in March. Newcomers are very welcome, even if you haven’t played before. For more further information, please call Nigel Holman 0533 824 8999