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Game 45

Womens Over 30

Grand Final

Australia v New Zealand

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The inaugural Grand Final of the Over 30 Women.

Australia won all its qualifying games, with its lowest winning margin being 23 (against New Zealand). New Zealand had lost two games, both against Australia. The first game it lost by 80 runs, but in their second meeting it was just 23. And after their 141 run trouncing of South Africa in the Semi-Final, New Zealand showed they were coming good at the business end of the week.

McGuiness and Geddes started strongly for Australia, posting 28 runs after two overs. Then NZ lifted, snatching 3 runouts in the third over and a further 2 in the fourth. Australia had scored just 1 run in two overs, for a partnership of 29. The second pair (Hunter/Easton) successfully negotiated a third-ball situation in their first over, only to suffer a stumping three balls later. A runout in the next over, and they had added just 4 in two overs. But the Australian pair responded by not losing another wicket, adding a further 24 runs for a partnership of 28. The Australian third pair (Jones/McCrenor) failed to score off just four balls and lost just one wicket, scoring 42 runs, and suddenly the pressure was back on New Zealand. Buckley/Byrnes also lost just one wicket (runout in the fifteenth), and failed to score off just two balls, for what would be a match-high partnership of 47 and a very solid team total of 146.

New Zealand's first pair (McKee/Nicholson) lost a wicket in their first, third and fourth overs, for a total of 20. That was a bit behind what they would have liked, but it was a reasonable start. But Australia knew it had not done quite enough in the first four overs, and it was the NZ second pair (Stock/Tooby) who felt the full brunt of that realisation. Australia snatched a stumping first ball of the partnership, then a further seven wickets, including three consecutively (runout, caught, stumped) in the eighth over, restricting the NZ pair to a partnership of minus 9, and a halfway team total of 11. Australia were now over 130 runs ahead, and with the score-board pressure gone they relaxed and grew in confidence. New Zealand fought to the very end, but the task was now beyond any team. The third pair (Ormandy/Scott) lost five wickets for a partnership of 11. Curtin and Boyd batted last for New Zealand and obviously decided to give the supporters something to cheer about, even if it wasn't going to be a win. So they went for a hit, and to good and entertaining effect--despite losing five wickets they still managed to achieve the third highest partnership of the game, 32--excluding the five wickets, this pair failed to score off just one solitary ball.

New Zealand played with spirit and immense courage, and must (and should) take enormous heart and encouragement for the future from their performance over this week.

And Australia were too strong on the day, in pretty well every aspect of the game. Their batting was not spectacular, but particularly efficient. They bowled tightly, and fielded very well.

They are worthy inaugural World Champions of the Over 30 Women. Congratulations Australia.


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