The Irene Villagers Women bagged another trophy by beating the Wanderers Women in the inaugural North vs South Ladies Cup tournament held at Irene Cricket Club on Sunday, writes ANITHA MADIKIZELA.
The bilateral tournament got off with a bang with the Villagers winning the toss and posting a mammoth 187-8 from their 35 overs. The invaluable all-rounder Eliz-Mari Marx was at her best as she smashed 79 off 71 balls – including nine fours and one blistering six.
The Wanderers’ captain, Traci Leigh Brest (60 not out off 97 balls, 9×4), made a valiant effort at chasing down the target alongside Shannon Landman-Kriel (27 not out off 52 balls, 5×4), but the visitors only managed 149-3 off their allotted overs as they fell 38 runs short of the victorious Villagers.
The Wanderers Women will be disappointed with the loss, but will get the opportunity to fight for the cup once more when the yearly competition takes place again next season. In the repeat fixture they will enjoy the benefit of home ground advantage, as the match will be contested at the Wanderers Cricket Club.
The Irene Women will be happy to have a win under their belt as they begin the Northerns Women’s Premier League starting next week Sunday after having shared the Northerns T20 trophy in a successful first half of the season.
Photo: Pierre Coetzer/Irene Villagers Cricket Club