|B.S.F. Ladies' Rounders League|
LEAGUE REPORT by Mick Dargan (Results Secretary) - 18/04/2018
Well, who said rounders was a summer sport? The wintery weather certainly put paid to a large number of Week One games, mainly the ones hosted by local cricket clubs whose groundsmen were keen to protect their pitches in readiness for the coming season. With no fewer than twenty-five games from week one yet to be played, and even some of those abandoned for a second time, the Match Secretary and Referee's Secretary are very busy people. One of the games which took place was 2017 Champions, Rupert Ladies against Darcy Lever Cricket Club B. Darcy managed to get eight of the Rupert players out for single figures but struggled to shift the three top scorers, Heather White and Gayle Nicholson, both with 21 and a magnificent 35 from Kerry Anderson. Darcy B were then limited to a first innings score of 19 points and were put back in to bat again by the home side. This time they did slightly better with the bat but fell short of Rupert's first innings score by 50 runs.
2017 runners-up, Little Lever were hosted by Walkden SC B at the Social Circle Cricket Club on the Monday of week two to play their postponed week one game. Little Lever elected to bat first while waiting for two players who were stuck in traffic. High scores from Kirstin Jackson with 25, 23 from Julie Bluer and 18 from Melissa Dargan gave them a total of 107 points. Walkden scored 70 points, avoiding the follow-on by 3 points helped by double figure scores from Lucy and Gemma Phelan with 13 and 12 respectively and a 10 for Amy Coleman. Little Lever then batted again and gained a further 86 points with high scores from Julie Bluer with 16. Also on 16, the only other double figure scorer was Deb Wood. In Walkden's second innings only Kelly Heywood, with 20, reached double figures, Little Lever taking the game by 47 points.
In Section C, Little Lever Sports Club A were playing with 2 players short of a full team. Their opponents, Egerton Ladies, were playing with a full team and the half-time scores were fairly close at 59-41 to the LLSC A team. The second innings, however, saw LLSC go up a gear and even though they lost three players without scoring, Joanne Fitzimmonds scored a magnificent 40 closely followed by 37 from Victoria Duncan and 23 from Mandy Cartwright. They then restricted Egerton to 85 points and won the match with a score of 193-126.
An unusual occurrence in rounders is a tied game but with 171 points each, G Section saw Capital Ladies and North West Hydraulics XI shared the points. Teams are reminded that following a postponed or abandoned game, the home team must contact the Match Secretary is important. Also, if a game starts and isn't finished, a match card must still be sent to the Results Sec.