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WCCC 2021-22 Premiers
Date of Event CV Women’s Community Cricket: Mon Mar 21, 2022 2:49PM
Frankston Women's won the 2021/22 WCCC Shield Division Grand Final over a gallant Greenvale Kangaroos.

On Sunday 13th March 2022, the 2021/22 WCCC Grand Finals took place across 4 competitions - Shield, North West A, North West B and South. Below is a summation of each of the Grand Finals.

 

 

Shield

Frankston Women's 1/83 (34.4 overs) defeated Greenvale Kangaroos 7(cc)/82 (40 overs)

Frankston Women's took out the 2021/22 WCCC Shield Final and made it back-to-back wins with a 9-wicket victory over the Greenvale Kangaroos at Frankston's Norm Cathie Oval. Both sides won their Semi Finals against higher-placed teams (Monash University and Coburg) to make it to the big dance. 

 

The hosts won the toss and sent the visitors in and immediately saw results, with the Kangaroos quickly falling to 5/19 with only Rebecca Lines (11) passing 3 in the top 6 bats. Experienced pair Danielle Linton (9) and captain/coach Catherine Morrow (44*) took the score to 54 before Linton's departure, whilst a couple of small stands saw the innings finish at 7/82. For the hosts, Aimee Mellford (2/19 off 10), Natalie Crosby (2/17 off 10) and Cayla Emery (2/5 off 9) did the early damage. 

 

In reply, the hosts lost Crosby (2) with the score on 16 to Bella Woods (1/22 off 6.4), but after this Mellford (38*) and Julie Donahoe (32*) guided the side home in the 35th over to secure a 9-wicket win, with Mellford taking home the Player of the Final Medal. 

 

North West A

Ballarat Women's 6/90 (22.1 overs) defeated Holy Trinity 9(cc)/89 (36 overs)

Ballarat Women's made it back-to-back wins in the WCCC North West A Final with a hard-fought 4-wicket win over a determined Holy Trinity at Ballarat's Eastern Oval. Ballarat made their way into the 'big dance' by defeating Melbourne University, whilst Holy Trinity upset Clifton Hill to book their first Grand Final appearance in the WCCC in their second season. 

 

The visitors won the toss and batted first but found themselves in trouble at 4/10 and then 5/21 with Emily McNeight (2/11 off 6) leading the charge, with support from Charli McLennan (2/8 off 6). Jemma Cox (37) and Shivani Narendran (12) were able to put on a 44-run 6th wicket stand before Narendran became the second victim for Bolts' captain Nicole Edwards (2/11 off 6), whilst Natassja Vella (11*) fought hard to give Holy Trinity something to defend come the end of the innings. 

 

In reply, the Bolts received some of their own energy back with leading players Lillee Barendsen (6) and McNeight (4) both in the sheds with the score at 2/13. McLennan, in partnership with skipper Edwards (15) and Megan O'Beirne (11) dragged their team to the cusp of victory, before McLennan was dismissed for a crucial innings of 34. In the end, it was left to Freya Palmer (8*) to hit the winning runs. For Holy Trinity, Narendran (2/34 off 6) and Nicola Vincent (2/24 off 5.1) tried hard but ultimately it was not their day.

 

 

North West B

Essendon 7(cc)/172 (34 overs) defeated Hoppers Crossing 79 (23 overs)

Essendon completed their 'fairy tale' debut season by defeating the second placed Hoppers Crossing at Windy Hill by 93 runs for the WCCC North West B Premiership. The Bombers progressed through to the final after a washout (and some nervous moments resulting from a protest by their opponents, the Greenvale Kangaroos), whilst the Cats defeated Ballarat Women's (2) to book their spot in the Grand Final. 

 

The Bombers won the toss and batted but would have been concerned when they quickly fell to 2/7. Inakshi Sehgal (59) then led the Bomber revival, firstly with Charlotte Lees (14) before a further collapse saw them go to 5/46, then with skipper Emma Toseland (34) with the 6th wicket stand adding 72 before Sehgal's departure. Katherine Baker (6*) provided support in a 37-run 7th wicket stand before skipper Toseland departed and the finishing touches seeing the Bombers finish stronger (despite only 34 overs being bowled in the allotted time). Cats' skipper Taylah Steadman (3/37 off 8) and Muskan Sandhu (2/30 off 8) led the attack with the ball, but the side was let down by conceding 51 extras across the Bombers innings.

 

In reply, the Cats' chase got off to a poor start with skipper Steadman (1) and keeper Kayla Koropeckyj (12) back in the sheds at 2/18. Sandhu (23) and Niyumi Perera (14) were able to put on a 40-run 3rd wicket stand to keep a small slimmer of hope going, but once Perera was dismissed, the floodgates opened and the Cats lost 8-21 to finish all out for 79, with Jasmine Shah (10) the only other player to reach double digits. Ira Aery (3/20 off 6) and Kyah Marum (2/11 off 6) led the way, whilst 3 run outs proved the difference between the two sides. Inakshi Sehgal was awarded the Player of the Final medal for her innings.

 

 

South

Brighton District 4(cc)/179 (36 overs) def Officer 8/129 (36 overs)

Brighton District took out the WCCC South Premiership with a 50-run win over Officer at Dendy Park to finish as Premiers and Champions in South. The Dragons defeated Frankston Women's (2) in their Semi Final, whilst Officer could count their lucky stars as they finished as the higher placed side in their Tied Semi Final against Kingston Heath (2). 

 

The Dragons won the toss and elected to bat first. Officer scored an early blow with Dragons skipper Merrin Pertzel out for 3 with the score on 10, but were sent flying around the park as Ashlea Wilson found the boundary for 11 fours and 4 sixes before she retired on 103* and Yashvi Pillay made 43 before retiring. A final scurry of runs in the final overs eventually saw the Dragons finish at 4/179 off their overs. For Officer, Kylie O'Connor, Shenali Fernando and Molly Walters all took 1 wicket each. 

 

Having been set a daunting task if they were to take their first title out, Officer began their run chase badly with Donna Jones (1) and Tayla Smith (7) both out early to be 2/8. A regular falling of wickets then saw Officer fall to 4/32 when Kim Isaacs entered the arena. Officer began to chase with Jethri Perera (27) and Isaacs putting on 68 for the 5th wicket. Once Perera was dismissed, the pressure valve was fully locked as the visitors again lost regular wickets and finished on 8/129 from their overs. For Kim Isaacs, she finished with 70* off just 53 balls with 11 fours and a six but it was unfortunately all in vain, as Player of the Final Wilson (2/19 off 9) and Cassie Bodie (2/35 off 6) led the Dragons to the title. 

 

 


Last updated: Monday March 21, 2022 3:38PM
Author: Will Rice