REPORT: Wistaston Retain Title on Cheshire T20 Finals Day

Martin Saxon Reports

Cup Final 

Wistaston Swans 100-4 (20; Hannah Thornhill 26ret, Katie Haszeldine 20*)

Chester Boughton Hall Deemons 80-5 (20; Beth Nicholson 22*, Thornhill 3-14)

Wistaston Swans are the T20 champions of Cheshire women’s cricket for the second year in succession after an all round display saw off Chester Boughton Hall Deemons. The experience of captain Alison Smith and Laura Newton had played a major part in getting them to the final, but here some of their many talented young players made significant contributions.

Despite scoring very few boundaries, some excellent rotation of the strike saw them reach three figures. Then Hannah Thornhill, who had top scored with the bat, took the key wickets at the start of the Chester reply.

From 25-4, Beth Nicholson and Maeve Sparks managed to put a partnership together, but the asking rate proved just too high. Katie Haszeldine, Hannah Bratt and Abbie Adams supplied some tight overs, all backed up by some excellent fielding.

Wistaston can now make it a T20 double by winning next Sunday’s Knockout Cup Final, where Chester once again provide their opposition.


Plate Final 

Oakmere Kats 103-5 (20; Shami Ahmed 27ret, Kate Skelhorn 25ret, Vicky Heaton 21*, Olivia Teasdale 2-11)

Trafford MV 34 (11.3; Vicky Dean 18, Sarah Worsdale 7-2, Rachel Tidd 2-17)

Earlier in the day, Oakmere comprehensively won the Plate Final. There can be few better occasions than a final to produce a record breaking bowling performance, but Sarah Worsdale’s return here was not only the best recorded in the history of this competition, it is also a record for any competition run by the League.

Chasing a stiff total, Trafford had reached 27 for no loss, but were already falling behind the asking rate after a miserly spell from Kate Skelhorn. Then the procession of batsmen back to the pavilion started when Worsdale claimed a hat-trick that included the prize scalps of Penny Critchlow and Carol Ingham. She continued to hit the stumps with remarkable regularity thereafter to claim her record haul.

Very few women cricketers anywhere in England get to experience the nerves and excitement that come from a cup final, so this day in the Cheshire League calendar is genuinely a unique occasion.