Carlton-Brunswick Strikers claimed their first Premier Seconds title defeating Ringwood by 76 runs on Sunday at the Bill Lawry Oval in Northcote.
Ashley Angus, won the toss and elected to bat. Batting first worked well in their tight semi-final, so as the well-known phrase goes – why change a winning formula? Ashley opened with Alex Rogers and the pair made a solid start, Rogers immediately getting off the mark with a single and Angus scoring two off her fifth delivery. In the second over, Ringwood were soon reminded why Rogers was a key wicket as she struck two fours and moved the Strikers to 0-11 after two.
Angus and Rogers continued to bat well together but Ringwood did not let them get away and their opening bowler, Ashleigh Peck delivered two maidens in her first spell. The Rams were still searching for their first wicket at the 20 over mark with the score on 0-81 with Rogers on 47 and Angus 30. Rogers brought up her eighth half-century of the season in the 22nd over, hitting a four through square-leg. Three overs later the Strikers’ star allrounder brought up the club’s century, scoring back-to-back fours off spinner Sarah Chong.
In her second over of the day Jessica Adams secured the breakthrough which Ringwood had been waiting 26.2 overs for, as Angus was caught by Tamara Mason for 36 with the score on 104. This brought Ella Baulch to the crease who faced seven dots before dispatching a high full toss which was called a no ball to the boundary. After 30 overs the Strikers were 1-126, still scoring at a good rate despite just playing out a maiden from Alison Menogue. Caitlin Parker returned to the attack for the 31st over and could have taken the wicket of the match as Alex Rogers skied one back to her which she was unable hold onto, allowing Rogers to move to 74. Baulch showcased her batting in Parker’s next over hitting three fours and a single to move to 25.
Carlton-Brunswick continued to rotate the strike well and put away the bad balls. After waiting almost 11 overs for their second wicket, opening bowler Roshini Prince Navaratnam claimed the prize-wicket of Rogers, bowling her with a yorker for 92 with the score on 169. Maddie Davis joined Baulch, enjoying a cameo knock of 16 before she was caught behind off Peck with the Strikers on 200.
Adelaide Campion headed to the middle for the remaining overs scoring five before she was bowled with the final delivery of the innings by Peck. While Baulch finished on 51, a good innings which included seven fours. Carlton-Brunswick finished on 4-218.
Ringwood showed strong character to keep plugging away in temperatures above 30C and though 218 is a good score, the Rams did well to restrict the Strikers to that after being 0-102 after 25 overs. The pick of the Ringwood bowlers was Peck who claimed 2-35 from her nine.
In reply Madeline Wright and Menogue opened the batting facing Rogers and Brighde McGrath. Knowing they were chasing an imposing target of 219 with a required run rate of 4.87, the batters took every chance they had to run singles. Wright demonstrated this in the first over as she ran a very tight single to get off the mark with her fifth delivery. A few wides early on had the Rams at 0-11 after four, with only seven runs off the bat.
A change of bowling saw young Madeline Jones replace Rogers, delivering a maiden to Menogue, justifying Angus’ change. McGrath and Jones continued to bowl, with few scoring opportunities available and after 10 overs Ringwood were 0-30.
Two more of the Strikers young guns were brought into the attack in Katia Jomini and Eve Sheehan. In Jomini’s third over she produced the goods as Wright was caught by Davis for 28 with the score on 53.
Phillipa Skelton-Hook was brought on to bowl the 18h over and continued where her teammates had left off – applying the pressure to deliver a maiden. From the other end, spin was introduced for the first time in the innings as the competition’s leading wicket-taker – Campion – came on to bowl the 19th. After 25 overs the Rams were 1-94, eight runs and a wicket behind the Strikers at the same stage.
Skelton-Hook added to the wicket tally with the first delivery of the 26th over as Menogue was trapped lbw for 35 and the Rams found themselves 2-95.
At this point Ringwood needed to rotate the strike well and put pressure on the fielders. Instead, as they looked for a quick run to Sheehan who fielded the ball well, ending Sarah Earl’s knock of four as the Rams were reduced to 3-99.
Carlton-Brunswick continued to apply the pressure and Ringwood’s wickets began to tumble. They lost Tess Flintoff, Isabelle Robinson and Tamara Mason all within two runs of each other. Flintoff was caught by Angus off Campion for 21, Robinson run out by McGrath for a single and Mason caught and bowled by Campion for a duck. The Rams were then 6-109 after 29.
A third run out for the innings ensued in Campion’s next over as Angus threw the ball in to the bowler, and captain Sarah Nelson was dismissed for a four-ball nought with the score on 117.
Rogers replaced Skelton-Hook, bowling Peck in the 34th for 11 in the second over of her spell. Campion bowled the next over and had Adams caught behind for a single, to finish with 3-35 from her nine. Rogers finished the match with the first delivery of the 36th trapping Chong lbw for nought as Ringwood were all out for 142 as Carlton-Brunswick secured a 76-run win.
Congratulations to Carlton-Brunswick who claimed their first Women’s Premier Seconds title in their first season and commiserations to Ringwood. Well done to Alex Rogers who was awarded Player of the Final for her 92 and 2-15.
Victorious skipper Ashley Angus explained how it feels to win the Title in their first season in the competition, ‘It feels absolutely amazing. It was so special to bring the cup home for the army of supporters who are passionate about the cricket we play and the team values we stand for. Carlton CC and Brunswick CC were so proud, particularly Brunswick as they have put in so much work over three years in building our team from scratch.’
Angus said she puts the win down to the club’s culture, ‘Having a really tight-knit team which motivates each other to succeed. We try to be extremely positive and build each other’s confidence.’
Thank you to Northcote Cricket Club for hosting the final, and to umpires Mohan Nair and Paul Welbourn for officiating the match.
Written by Georgia Isaac