DUWCC beat Exeter and progress to the finals

(20 June 2019)

After a long journey and some pretty dismal weather the chances of a game being played looked slim but a break in the clouds allowed for the toss to be taken and the covers to be cleared.

Durham's captain, Megan Pittman, won the toss and chose to field first- given the green wicket and wet ground it was a good toss to win. Early wickets from Charlie Bawden and Antonia Welsch dismissed both opening batters by the 7th over for just 20 runs. Despite some strong partnerships from Exeter's lower order and Exeter monopolising on a few dropped catches , Durham's bowling attack of Bawden, Welsch, Fenby, Knowles and Vernon Powell supported by some outstanding run outs by Polly Pearse and Phoebe Cottam dismissed Exeter for just 103 runs off 36 overs.

As the teas were taken the rain started to pour and its fair to say the umpires didn't share the same optimism as the Durham team for continuing with the game. After several hours of watching the spit fall and leaking covers, Durham's sundances worked as they were allowed out to bat. Tasked with a reduced total of 81 runs from 32 overs,Durham's openers Fenby and Pittman formed a solid foundation as they manipulated Exeter's field before a chip to mid-off ended the partnership. Fenby continued to chip away with the help of Cottam and some tidy legside shots before being caught. It was Thompson and Cottam who saw us home and dry in the 22nd over, making the journey home a much more enjoyable trip.

We now play Loughborough in the finals Wednesday 26th June at Kibbsworth CC. After finishing runners-up the last two years, could it be a third time lucky?

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