Radlett Women win T20 Cup
- Credit: Archant
RADLETT women turned a double-winning season into a triple title-winning season with a 60-run win over Hemel Hempstead in the North London T20 Cup.
The ladies squad won both the Southern League Division One and North London League Division B titles before lifting the T20 Cup on Sunday, capping an unbelievable season.
In the semi-final of the competition, Radlett were drawn against Hampstead in a clash between the winners of Division A and Division B.
A 55-ball century from Alexis Mannion – she finished unbeaten on 109 off 58 deliveries – plus 49 from Kathy Morley gave Radlett the advantage as they set a target of 170 runs to win.
Hampstead were nowhere near the 8.5 runs an over needed as Abbie Sullivan (2-3) and Anje Lague (4-6) took regular wickets to seal a 108 run win.
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The final pitted Radlett against Hemel Hempstead, who had easily dispatched Harrow Town in the semi-final.
Hemel captain, Louise Pearson, won the toss and inserted Radlett on a slow pitch, which would offer considerably more to the bowling side. Run scoring would be difficult on this wicket, but Radlett had confidence in their batting line-up.
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This confidence was shaken with the early departures of the opening pair who had been so destructive in the semi-final. In the second over Kathy Morley was stumped for two, and Alexis Mannion followed in the same fashion after making a brisk 25.
This brought Katie Pankhurst and Lague to the crease and together they compiled a watchful 48-run partnership with some quality shot placement and excellent running between the wickets.
Both Pankhurst and Lague fell shortly before the innings closed for 30 and 27 respectively, but had helped Radlett post a competitive total of 106-4.
The target would require that Hemel score at a little under 5.5 per over, and for the first seven overs openers Julie Clark and Sarah Ward kept them well in the hunt.
Radlett’s Hayley Arrol (1-15) finally removed Clark in the last of her allotted four overs, bringing the big-hitting Hemel skipper, Louise Pearson, to the crease.
The match was delicately poised with the chasing side on 33-1 with 12 overs remaining, needing a run-a-ball to lift the cup.
What occurred over the remaining overs is testament to the qualities that Radlett have been demonstrating all season. Not only are they a side that can compile big totals, but they are able to back that up with superb all-round bowling and fielding performances.
Off spinner, Lorraine Hartley, took center stage with her best bowling display of the season. Her first over was a wicket maiden and included the crucial wicket of Pearson - trapped leg before for one. She then sent down another maiden to further strangle the Hemel Hempstead innings.
It was a big turning point and one from which Hemel simply could not recover. They added just 13 runs in 12 overs for the loss of five wickets and limped to a total of 46-6 at the close.
Player of the match, Hartley, picked up another wicket and a run-out to finish with superb figures of 2-3 from her four overs.