PORTLAND Tigers have claimed their third Hamilton and District Women’s Cricket Association A grade premiership with an emphatic victory over a gallant Balmoral United at Young Oval on Sunday in front of large crowds that had gathered to witness what was a good display by both teams.
The Tigers were yet to lose a match this season and they entered the grand final as raging hot favourites, although Balmoral was looking to cause an upset after finishing in second place on the ladder.
Balmoral had only lost the one match for the season, with Portland the only team to conquer the girls from the north.
Rose Wombell won the toss for the Tigers and had no hesitation in electing to bat first on the noted batting surface of Young Oval and she and Claire Nolte took strike looking to get the Tigers away to a solid start.
Both batswomen looked in good touch, but neither was prepared to hand their wickets away with each playing judicously against some good bowling from the Balmoral attack.
The opening batswomen were prepared to take singles when offered, but they were also looking to send the ball to the fence when the occasion arrived.
The pair reached the drinks break without losing a wicket and had the team well placed for a late innings onslaught by having 63 runs on the board, but the Balmoral bowlers could be happy with their efforts as Portland had not been kept to such a low score the entire season.
Wombwell was the first of the openers to retire undefeated when she had reached 38, but Nolte was not far behind her as she took her score past the required retirement mark and she left the ground with 35 next to her name.
Full story in the Spectator on Tuesday, December 7, 2013