Calm Waters ensures easy ride home

St Lawrence and Highland Court were crowned Southern League Super 8s champions after emerging victorious on finals day.

The Kent side defeated Brighton and Hove in a thrilling semi-final before easing to a comfortable win over Blackheath to lift the trophy.

St Lawrence and Highland Court fielded first in their semi-final against Brighton and Hove and restricted their opposition to 100 for two from their 15 overs.

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St Lawrence and Highland Court won the Southern League Super 8s after impressive wins over Brighton and Hove and Blackheath

Sofie Cawley top-scored for the Sussex side with 47 while there were useful contributions from Jade Elphick, Nicky Pym and Kerry Poundsett.

In reply, St Lawrence and Highland Court lost Charlotte Pape without a run on the board but Emma Waters and captain Katharine Wickington steadied the innings with an excellent 61-run partnership before the latter lost her wicket to Pym.

Waters soon retired on 50 leaving her team-mates to edge to victory with just one ball remaining.

In the other semi-final between Blackheath and East Herts, the Kent club batted first and set their opponents 106 to win.

Blackheath opener Leanne Atkins attacked the bowling to score 27 off 21 balls while team-mate Laura Daniels made a steady 28 not out.

On a slow, low wicket, 105 proved to be a good score. Blackheath's young quick Grace Gibbs took 1-14 off four overs before handing over to legspinner Greer Hill who took 2-21. Trudie Worboys, who had bowled and fielded well for East Herts, remained unbeaten on 24, but Blackheath closed the game out, restricting their opponents to 75 for four.

In the final Blackheath batted first and struggled against tight bowling from St Lawrence openers Waters and Anna Healey - just 15 runs were conceded off the first five overs.

A break for rain was a blessing for Blackheath - their openers re-emerged with a more aggressive mindset - but with the score at 34, Waters trapped Laura Daniels lbw and then two excellent direct hits from Charlotte Pape and Katherine Wickington dismissed both Gibbs and Hill.

Only opener Leanne Atkins made a decent score - 34 - as Blackheath were restricted to 77 for six off their 15 overs.

In reply, St Lawrence and Highland Court lost Pape early to legspinner Hill but it proved a mere blip. Waters scored an impressive 42 not out and Wickington contributed an unbeaten 16 as the Canterbury side deservedly won with 2.4 overs to spare.