Team effort brings unexpected victory

Cooroy Cougars Women''s team celebrate their win.

It was a fantastic day of cricket for the Cooroy-Eumundi Cougars women’s team last weekend.

Faced with the top of the ladder Caboolture team, Cooroy lost the toss and were sent into field first. In hot, humid conditions the women gave it their absolute all. A fantastic caught and bowled by Margit Cruice (3/17) in the third over, followed by an lbw to Amanda Tie (1/17) in the sixth over, had Caboolture reeling at 2/12.

The batters settled a little, before young Alison Lindsay (1/28) enticed a batter to hit it to Fiona Gardiner who took a beautiful catch. We saw some of the best bowling from Kirsty Patten (1/24) this season as well. Carys Underwood(1/25), another of the junior players, came on a clean bowled a batter in her first over. Fielding has improved tremendously throughout the season and this game certainly saw the women stopping everything they could, with Caboolture finishing with 8/137 from their 30 overs.

Knowing they had time to chase, Margit Cruice (50 no) and Fiona Gardiner settled in for the run chase.

Unfortunately, in the difficult conditions Fiona found herself needing some rehydration and retired hurt on 13. Amanda Tie (32no) came to the crease with the runs starting to pile on. Petrina McAulay (12) was looking strong before being bowled for the first wicket down at 1/115. Kirsty Patten copped a rough lbw decision, bringing Kat Anderson to the crease.

Amanda and Kat comfortably chased the runs down finishing in the 27th over at 2/138. It was a sensational final match for 2020 with the women certainly enjoying their victory.

This the first season the women’s competition on the Sunshine Coast has had two tiers of cricket.

In the competitive Tier 1 grade, this victory by Cooroy-Eumundi sees the first four teams locked on the same number of points, ensuring an interesting run home into the finals.

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