Hursley Park "A" v Portsmouth "A"
Played at Fleming Park, Eastleigh
South Hants Women's Cup Final
Won by 4 runs
HP 116-5 (12) Portsmouth 112-1
We had completed the league and cup double in our first four seasons in the South Hants Indoor Cricket League, and were looking to make it a fifth having clinched the league despite losing the penultimate game to Southampton Uni.
Portsmouth were the opposition in the cup final. They were at that time the best women’s team in the area, although were relatively new to indoor cricket. We were without key all-rounder Hazel Wilkinson, so Vans stepped in for only her third indoor game. We batted first, but things did not start well. Jem was bowled second ball and Emma Bane and Hannah Clark were also dismissed before the half- way point in the innings when our total stood at only 47-3. Helen soon followed, but Vans and Dani put together a partnership, with Vans belying her indoor inexperience with a very intelligent innings, eventually finishing unbeaten on 43 as we reached 116-5. It was a below par score, but our bowling and fielding was usually very sound. However our opponents were unfazed and reached 87 without loss after 7 overs, appearing to have the match in the bag. Borat tightened things up with an over that only cost 3, and the ninth over, bowled by Dani was even less productive for the girls in blue as it produced only two.
When Jem caught Portsmouth’s Hannah Timmins off Borat Portsmouth were 96-1 off 10 overs, only 9 having come from the previous three overs. Vans was entrusted with the eleventh over, conceding eight, including a wide being called when it had clearly hit the batter’s leg. So 13 were needed from the last over, but with five wickets left. Skipper Jem, as always, took the responsibility of bowling the final over. Dot, three, dot, three left seven needed from two balls with Sussex’s Sarah Fogwill on strike. She struck the fifth ball well but could not locate the back wall and only one run accrued.
With six needed from the last ball all four fielders were positioned on the back wall, but Fogwill struck it straight and true well above the fielders. Too well though, it could be said, and it crucially clipped the ceiling on its journey to the back wall, resulting in one run instead of six. HP were cup holders again.