Bay Of Penty Women Take Maiden Title

Monday 14 March 2011, 4:57PM

By Margot Butcher


Bay of Plenty Women have defeated Hamilton to claim the Northern Districts Women’s District Association Championship Cup for the first time in their history.
In the tournament final on Sunday at Hamilton's Jansen Park, Hamilton won the toss and chose to bat. The early run out of Heidi Arndt by Sarah Steenson saw the start of a mini-collapse, Hamilton losing 3 wickets for just 14 runs.

This brought Felicity Leydon-Davis to the middle, with Northern Spirit opener Natalie Dodd (who top scored for Hamilton with 47). The pair put on a partnership of 58 before both lost their wickets in quick succession, with Bay of Plenty’s tight bowling and exemplary fielding unltimately restricting Hamilton to a score of 120.
BOP lost their first wicket in the 10th over when Leydon-Davis bowled Anna Peterson for 12, Megan Murphy coming in at number three. Jacinta Coleman and Murphy went on to produce a partnership of 65 before Leydon-Davis struck again, taking the wicket of Coleman (28).

BOP also suffered a mini-collapse, losing 3 wickets for just 20 runs, but with 4 wickets in hand and only 8 runs required they strolled to 121 in the 36th over.

Hamilton 120/10 (N.Dodd 48, K Jens 4 for 25 off 8. M.Murphy 2 for 14 off 5)
Bay of Plenty 121/6 (M. Murphy 49 no. J Coleman 28. F. Leydon-Davis 2 for 16 off 8)