Leeds & Broomfield sweep to success
Leeds & Broomfield won the inaugural Women’s Cricket Southern League Super 8 Twenty20 Competition by beating Twickenham on Sunday.
The Kent side beat Brighton & Hove in the semi-finals before edging to a nine-run win over Twickenham to lift the trophy.
In the first of the semi-finals played at East Molesey, Twickenham bowled first against Radlett.
Radlett started well and put on 82 without loss but they suffered a mini-collapse, losing five wickets for just 16 runs to finish on 98 for five wickets in their 15 overs. Cath McNeill made 41 and Gerry Davies 38 but the batting side would have wanted to post a bigger total.
Sunny Pottay was the star of the show with four wickets and a run out.
In reply Twickenham had little trouble chasing the target and reached it comfortably in the 13th over with five wickets to spare, Alys Donnelly finishing on 35 not out while Randika Galhenage and Karen Wilton also contributed.
In the second semi-final, Leeds & Broomfield batted first against Brighton & Hove and made a solid start with Riti Patel and Melanie Abeysinghe posting 75 at a run-a-ball before Sophie Cawley struck.
Elysa Hubbard chipped in with 26 not out to help her side to a healthy score of 124 for two, Abeysinghe falling in the final over for 41.
In reply Cawley was bowled in the second over by Nithu Jayalath who produced an unplayable delivery.
Kath Sealey joined Chiara Green and took the score to 38 for one in the seventh over until the latter was dismissed by Georgina White. Brighton suffered a double blow in the tenth over when Abeysinghe struck to see off Sealey and Kerry Poundsett.
Hopkins responded by attacking but soon became Abeysinghe’s third victim as Brighton eventually finished 25 runs short on 99 for six.
The result set up a final between Twickenham and Leeds & Broomfield, two teams that had never played each other.
Again Twickenham's bowling plus an excellent run out was good enough to restrict Leeds & Broomfield to 114 for five, Pottay again impressing with two wickets. For Leeds and Broomfield Abeysinghe finished on 36 not out, followed by Patel with 18 and Jayalath 17.
Leeds & Broomfield showed their sharpness in the field with three runs outs which put Twickenham under pressure.
Kat Dickens did her best to boost the run-rate with 42 not out while Pottay added 17, but it was not enough as Twickenham finished nine runs short.