Having seen off the competition at the Women’s Softball Super-8’s Cup Festival earlier in the year – going one better than last years runners-up spot, the Abbotskerswell Women took part in the Devon Cricket Women’s Softball League Finals day at Ottery St. Mary on 19th September.
The winners of the East, Mid and South Devon Softball Leagues pitted themselves against each other to determine the Devon County Champions in a festival-day format.
Game 1 was Abbots Women v Exwick Women (winners of the Mid-Devon League):
Abbots win the toss and choose to bat first. Exwick bowled really well and a normal run flowing Abbots found it difficult to score -Amy Farr top scoring with 14. Ending on a total of 81, they were going to have to bowl well to stay in the game. Exwick got off to a flying start and looked set to reach the total, going into the last 4 overs needing only 27 to win, but with some tight fielding and bowling from Abbots, captain Kate and and her batting partner Gabby, could not quite reach the total, falling short by 2 runs.
A good win for the Abbots Women in a very close game!
Game 2 saw Exwick Women take on Budleigh Salterton (Eastern Division Champions), and saw Exwick beat Budleigh by 15 runs to set up a final game to decide the Championship.
If Abbots women could beat Budleigh Salterton women, they would take the League Championship!
Game 3 was Abbots Women v Budleigh Salterton Women:
Winning the toss, Abbots went into bat first. Budleigh had found their bowling line and taking regular wickets, restricted Abbots to 72, needing then 73 to win. Budleigh once again batted really well and with 21 runs from Charlie in her four overs, Budleigh again looked set to reach the total. Some tight bowling, led by Emma the captain and with constant encouragement from Anna at the sidelines, Budleigh then needed 9 off the last over. Bowling a good line, the batters found it difficult to score off the bowling of Amy and the pressure forced an error with a run out, which sealed the game with one ball to go. A fantastic end to the day, with Abbots winning by 9 runs.
With two wins for Abbotskerswell, they were crowned County Champions and as they are currently the Super 8s Champions, they hold both softball trophies and have done the double!
What can only be described as an exceptional season by the Abbotskerswell Women, hearty congratulations goes out to every one of the women who has played a game, taken part in the wine-and-wickets evenings/training, and supported so enthusiastically (both at the women’s and men’s matches!).
Also, huge credit to Emma Rogers in her role as Captain and Chris ‘Mr Tickle’ Meikle for his encouragement, support, organising and coaching of the women’s section.
Well done all.