The Midland-Guildford Cricket Club came into the final aiming to claim their first 50 Over title since the 2009/10 season. After Melville won the toss and elected to bat, Midland-Guildford took an early wicket in the sixth over to have Jenny Wallace (10) run out by Bhavisha Devchand after Wallace’s bat became stuck in the turf. Melville were 1/15 at the time and by the time of their second wicket Melville had reached 107 in the 30th over with Carmichael 40 not out (finished 67 off 110). Despite the slow progress of Melville their top order had provided their middle and lower order a platform on which to set a difficult target. Emma Biss took this opportunity scoring 51 from 46 balls to propel Melville to a score of 244, assisted by Niamh Walsh (24 off 18) and Renee Chappell (28 off 25). Rachel Baines took 2 for 49 from her 8 overs while Devchand was economical in her 10 overs going for just 25 runs. Hannah Merritt and Taneale Peschel also took a wicket each.

Midland-Guildford’s chase got off to a bad start losing opener Peschel for 0 in the first over, falling LBW to Biss. However, Chloe Piparo and Devchand took control of the game taking Middies to 125 before Devchand fell for 62 in the 28th over. Unfortunately, after such a strong partnership Midland-Guildford continued to loss constant wickets, with Alisha Kozma (6), Baines (12), Mel Holmes (3), Emily Bowden (3), Caitlin Couch (10) and Marika Schulbergs (1) all falling cheaply, with Carmichael and Chappell each taking 2 wickets in the innings. Despite losing many partners Piparo kept Midland’s hopes alive as she made her way towards her 3rd Century in 5 games. As the game looked like Midland-Guildford’s Piparo ensured that she took the bulk of the responsibility generally leaving Merritt the last ball or two in which to survive, protecting Gemma Di Lello who hadn’t batted all season. In doing so Piparo guided Midland-Guildford to an exceptional win hitting the winning runs for four and in doing so ending Melville’s four straight titles. Unsurprisingly Piparo was named Man-of-the-Match and Midland-Guildford crowned A Grade 50 Over Champions.

By Alisha Kozma

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