Sunday, the 21st of March marked an important date for not just the Midland Guildford Ladies A and B grade teams, but for the Midland Guildford Cricket Club itself. The club managed to secure Lilac 1 and Lilac 4 as the venues for the 2010 women’s cricket finals, which proved to be a wonderful experience for all involved. Having the opportunity to listen to the celebrations as wickets fell in our favour in the A grade final was something that encouraged us in our game.

We went through the 40 over fixtures undefeated and were deserving of the minor premiership title that we received. Our opponents were to be Melville, much to the displeasure of the Whitfords team, who beat us in the 08/09 final and had promised after losing to us in the T20 final that they would beat us in the 40 over version of the game. The weather for the day was perfect and although there were some dark clouds hovering, they rolled straight over us. I lost the toss, however was sent in to bat, which was my preference. I often wondered in the days before what I would do because we had rolled Whitfords for an embarrassing 34 a few weeks earlier when we were sent in to bat, however truth be told I would have stuck to what we do best, and that is bat.

Emma and I got us off to a solid start. The Melville bowling attack was completely reversed, it was clear that they wanted to expose their best bowler early on, so this time they didn’t save her for the first change. After a quick couple of wickets fell and we were looking shaky, Emma went on to score 54, which in the conditions she made the runs, their value was doubled. We had some solid partnerships towards the end, and assisted with the extras count we made a defendable 142.

We were confident that we had the runs on the board needed for victory and could possibly have taken our foot off the petal at one time or another, but finally the first wicket fell at 0/68. This is where the game turned and Elle Tapsell took the ball in hand and the game by the scruff of its neck. She bowled 8 overs for a total of 3/17, what was most impressive about this display is that she took the all important wicket of Lyn Hall from Melville, who is the Champion Player for B grade in 09/10.

The game got very tight towards the end and they needed approximately 12 off the last over. It is stressful enough bowling the last over, let alone being captain and bowling the last over but we prevailed. We fielded superbly and didn’t give them an inch in those last few overs and we came away with the win. It is a day I will never forget and it was an honour to captain the Midland Guildford ladies B grade team to their first (and most definitely not the last) premiership.

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