Date: 19th Sep 2021
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SEFTON PARK LIFT FIRST EVER WOMEN'S HARDBALL LEAGUE TROPHY

Date: 13th September 2021

SEFTON PARK LIFT FIRST EVER WOMEN'S HARDBALL LEAGUE TROPHY

THE INAUGURAL WOMEN'S HARDBALL SUPER 8'S LEAGUE GOES TO LIVERPOOL SIDE AFTER SUCCESSFUL ROLL OUT OF HARDBALL CRICKET FOR WOMEN'S SECTIONS IN THE COMP

The 8 a side pairs based format (16 overs per innings) proved very popular in its first year with a total of 7 teams competing over 8 weeks. The competition, described as a 'transition' product, is designed for softball players seeking to progress to hardball.

Hightown, Liverpool, Rainhill, Tarleton, Wavertree, Bootle and Sefton Park pitted against each other with the latter 2 meeting each other in their last game, each on 12 points, and each with a 100% record. After Sefton posted 273, assisted by Sarah John's 29 off 17 balls, Bootle's reply was held in check by tight bowling and 2 wicket in the first 8 overs. However, an excellent partnership of 25 between Nicola Gallimore and Alex Walker in their 4 over pairing left a target of 33 from the last 4 overs. 8 runs from the first 12 left the Belles with too much to do in the last 2 overs, and Sefton closed out the game with a 19 run margin to take the title and maintain their 100% record.

A total of 96 women and girls took part in the competition, a sizeable proportion playing competitive hardball league cricket for the first time. This is an achievement for all to be very proud of.

 

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