The Trinity Old Scholars women’s side’s second season was halted at the semi-final stage by minor premiers Payneham.

The Royals had far too much firepower for our team, but we certainly could not be ashamed of our performance.

The home side won the toss and chose to bat.

We started off tightly, but remained wary of an over-zealous umpire.

In the second over Brooke Moreland struck to have Payneham 1/7 and when Audrey Kent rifled a slick return to the stumps a run out had the home side 2/27.

From there the match turned in Payneham’s favour as the third wicket put on an 84-run partnership that saw them through to the 17th over.

It was Tamra Cross who ended the partnership, giving our girls a little respite from the onslaught.

The minor premiers finished 3/132, a tough target but achievable.

Tough chase

Kent was on a mission when our run chase started, she had to go to work and save some lives and made a quick-fire four before retiring.

Moreland and Cross then played smart cricket, giving themselves the best chance of building a partnership that could chase down the score.

However, after batting through relatively untroubled, Moreland missed a straight one and fell LBW for an unusually sedate 13 to have us 1/26.

Cross worked hard to guide her partners through the rest of the innings but Payneham bowled a good line and that, along with a lush outfield, made it hard for us to move the score along as quick as we needed.

Cross batted almost to the end and was eventually dismissed for 28 in the final over of the innings.

Another notable innings was from Bailee Major, despite only making five she revealed a more thoughtful side to her batting, picking off singles where she could to get Cross on strike.

Ultimately, the 20 overs saw us 5/82 and despite losing by 50 runs there were positives in the way all of the batters went about their task.

Next steps

Congratulations to the ladies on a good season and playing their first finals game.

It was heartening, at the conclusion of the game, to hear strong commentary on coming back and taking their game to the next level in 2019/20.

We look forward to helping make that happen.

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