The Taranaki women’s team travelled to Donnelly Park Levin to compete in the inaugural CD women’s T2O competition. Manawatu, Nelson & Wairarapa were also represented.
First up was Nelson. Winning the toss Taranaki chose to bowl, with Nelson making 108-5. Wickets were shared between 5 bowlers, but some good death bowling by Monique Rees & Sophie Gurnsey saw the last 2 overs go for 8 runs only.
Taranaki lost an early wicket but recovered to reach the target for the loss of 6 wickets & 7 balls to spare. Kelsey Husband 18, Mel Megaw 19 & Taila Hurley 28no.
Two games on Sunday and Wairarapa were first up, Wairarapa won the toss & elected to bowl first. Taranaki made 140-5, with an 81 run second wicket partnership between Aimee Watkins (56) & Mel Megaw (32) providing the bulk of the runs
In reply Wairarapa lost 2 early wickets but recovered with an 83 run 3rd wicket partnership. Once this was broken they lost wickets at regular intervals & fell 4 runs short at 136-6. Taila Hurley 3-17 & Monique Rees 2-25 the pick of the bowlers.
This set up a final against the other unbeaten team, Manawatu.
Manawatu won the toss & elected to bat, making 142-6, with Taila Hurley 2-34 & Kelsey Husband 2-29.
In reply Taranaki made a great start with Emily Cunningham & Aimee Watkins getting through to 75 before Emily was out for 25. Mel Megaw joined Aimee & they continued to take the attack to the bowlers, keeping on track with the required run rate. Taranaki eventually secured the win in the last over (4 balls to spare) with Aimee 80no (off 47 balls) & Mel 25no.
A fantastic result & great way to end the season for the women.