The Creditwest Ladies Cricket Team
open the 2016 Season
The Creditwest TRNC Ladies Cricket team got their season underway last Saturday 1st October when they headed South to the Dimotikou Stadium for an All Cyprus tournament of the island’s 7 leading women’s teams.
Coach Nigel Holman told us “the invitation caught us all by surprise as it only arrived a week ago. We knew it would be a very tough opener, particularly as the five sides drawn from the Cyprus Republic’s Indian sub-Continent community had been playing regularly throughout the summer and our girls had only had a couple practice sessions since June”.
TRNC were drawn in the first round against their old rivals, the Limassol Ladies, who won the toss and batted first. TRNC Captain Hale Silifkeli explained “the format was 4 overs/side, so inevitably it’s attack from the first ball”. Last week’s bowling practice paid dividends and only 36 were scored. Mansfield’s pace achieved the one wicket taken when wicketkeeper Holman took a straightforward catch, whilst Kati Eliza was the most thrifty of the bowlers.
In reply, Gina Mapp and Maria Mansfield scored a dominating 32 off the first 3 overs. With the team cruising, they were retired to give Lynn Holman and Hale Silifkeli some time at the crease. They scored the 5 runs needed to see the TRNC Ladies through.
The semi-final was an altogether tougher proposition, being against the experienced Sri Lankan Nicosia Lionesses. The two teams had never met before, but as new member Val Clayton said, “we knew we would have to play at our absolute best if we were going to make the final”…..
Again the TRNC lost the toss and were asked to bat first. Mapp and Mansfield managed only 2 runs apiece from the first over, finding it very difficult to score off the good length bowling. Then 3 fours in consecutive balls from Mansfield meant the North were back in the game. She fell the following ball to an outstanding catch attempting to add another 4. In came Holman, who added 3 runs to Mapp’s couple of 4’s in the 3rd over. The final total was 36 as Holman picked up 7 and Mapp 2 in the last over. This was a reasonable total, but the money was on it not being enough.
The Lionesses weren’t having it all their own way, once again consistent bowling from the North’s ladies tempered their big shots, especially when Mansfield took a high catch off Silifkeli’s. In the 2nd and 3rd overs, neither side could get the upper hand. With the Sri Lankan’s needing 14 from the last over, the final unexpectedly beckoned the North, but a couple of miss-fields gave 8 away, two wides followed as the pressure mounted and the dream slipped away, with the Southern team getting home with 2 balls to spare.
For those local readers the Ladies Cricket training is on Saturday 11am at Pia Bella and new members are very welcome. Lynn Holman says ladies’ cricket is great for fitness and it doesn’t matter if someone has never played before, Tel: 0533 8248999 for more information.