Ladies catch grand fi­nal win

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Bec Singh and Lau­ren Mather THE ruth­less Ma­reeba ladies’ T20 crick­eters are al­ready search­ing for new scalps af­ter sweep­ing aside In­n­is­fail in the grand fi­nal of the Cricket Far North com­pe­ti­tion.

The Ma­reeba side over­came tricky con­di­tions in Cairns on Satur­day night to cap off an un­de­feated sea­son.

Ma­reeba player and coach Tr­ish Spry said the team had to ad­just their play dur­ing the game.

“It was the first time we had played on a turf pitch and we no­ticed the grass was slip­pery and how the ball bounced on the pitch was dif­fer­ent,” she said.

Ma­reeba were the first to bat and lost only one wicket as they amassed a total of 134.

Bat­ter Janelle Smith was the high­est run scorer mak­ing 34.

In­n­is­fail’s open­ing bats were slow to get started but the third and fourth bat­ters re­ally knuck­led down to put on 60 for the third wicket.

The fi­nal over was a nail- biter but In­n­is­fail could not get the runs and fin­ished at 4-124.

The ladies will en­joy a break over Christ­mas be­fore they head to head to Char­ters Tow­ers, about six hours from Ma­reeba for the fa­mous Gold­field Ashes cricket car­ni­val.

Mrs Spry said the car­ni­val would be held over the Jan­uary long week­end and the team was ea­ger to play.

“It will be held on the Aus­tralia Day long week­end. We are all re­ally ex­cited about meet­ing other crick­eters,” she said.

“Hope­fully we can con­tinue our great form.”

The Gold­field Ashes will not be the only up­com­ing games for the side. Mrs Spry said the team was try­ing to line up games in Townsville and Ayr, about five hours from Ma­reeba.

“We are try­ing to work out the best time to told the games next year,” she said.

“It will be great to know how we are ranked against the south­ern teams and it will be a good chal­lenge to see the strength of our side.”

Pic­ture: Sup­plied

Ma­reeba ladies T20 cel­e­brate their grand fi­nal win and an un­de­feated sea­son.

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