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Women's Future Series 2022
Leinster beat Leinster U17s by 5 wickets
The Boathole, St Johnston, 27 July.
 Leinster U17s 128 (34.3 overs; A Tector 43, F Sargent 20; E McHee 2-9, I MacCormack 2-18, K McDonald 2-24)
 Leinster 129/5 (29.1 overs; S Woods 30, T Maritz 28*; A Beggs 2-18)
Tournament winners Leinster
Leinster clinched the inaugural Women’s Future series on NRR as they beat their Under 17 side by five wickets at The Boathole. The teenagers were in dire straits at 50 for 6,with Ellie McGee, Isobel McCormack and Kimli McDonald each taking two wickets apiece. Alice Tector top-scored for the second day running making 43, adding 42 for the 7th wicket with skipper Freya Sargent (20). A final total of 128 looked well under-par and Leinster ensured the trophy with a solid batting chase. Siuin Woods (30) and skipper Christine Coulter-Reilly (14) shared an opening stand of 52, and despite two wickets for Aisling Beggs, Tess Maritz (28*) and double figure scores from Maria Kerrison (11) and Ellie McGee (12*) sealed the five-wicket win in the 30th over.
NCU beat North West by 4 runs
Bridge Park, Ballyspallen, 27 July.
 NCU 172 (37.2 overs; J Gillan 47, A Harrison 45; C Wallace 6-14, Z Craig 2-25)
 NW 168/7 (40 overs; M Devine 67, Z Craig 38; J Gillan 3-26)
North West lost by 4 runs
The closest game of the week saw the NCU clinch second spot in the tournament as they edged out the North West by four runs and condemn the hosts to the wooden spoon. Such was the fine margins between the four sides that all were in contention for the trophy well into the second innings on the final day. Jemma Gillan (47) and Abbi Harrison (45) shared a second wicket stand of 66 to put the NCU in a strong position, but Cody Wallace’s six-wicket haul saw them collapse to 172 all out. Zara Craig (2-11) took her competition tally to 11, the best by far of the week. A third wicket stand of 115 between Mollie Devine (67) and skipper Craig (38) looked to be taking the hosts to victory at 139 for 2, before both fell in the space of four balls and as the pressure increased, the young hosts just failed to clinch the win, losing by four runs – three wickets for Jemma Gillan (3-26).
North West beat Leinster by 3 wickets
Foyle College, 26 July.
 Leinster 112 (36.1 overs; C Coulter-Reilly 25, S Condron 23, M Kerrison 22; Z Craig 5-7, C Scott 3-21)
 North West 113/7 (37.4 overs; M Devine 56; S Condron 2-17)
Mollie Devine scored 56
It’s all to play for on the final day of the Future series after hosts NW and the NCU both caused shocks as they beat their highly fancied Leinster rivals. Zara Craig produced a superb spell of five wickets for just nine runs as Leinster were bowled out for 112. Charley Scott (3-21) was also in the scalps as the Dubliners were reeling at 55 for 8, despite a top-score of 25 from Christine Coulter-Reilly. They rallied with a ninth wicket stand of 56 between Sarah Condron (23) and Maria Kerrison (22), but a final total of 112 felt under par, Leinster came out firing, with both openers back in the hutch quickly. However Mollie Devine proved the match winner, hitting five boundaries in her 56. There were some late nerves as the finishing line drew near, but double figures contributions from Lucy Neely (13), Zara Craig (11) and Jemma Rankin (10*) sealed the win.
NCU beat Leinster U17s by 5 wickets
Foyle College, 26 July.
 Leinster 157 (36 overs; A Tector 30*, I Light 25; J Hanna 5-9, A Leckey 2-33)
 NCU 158/5 (30.1 overs; A Harrison 45, C Lyons 38*, J Gillan 29)
Jennifer Hanna took 5 wickets for 9 runs
Jennifer Hanna’s five-wicket haul helped the NCU bounce back from their opening day mauling to beat Leinster Under 17s in an impressive chase at Foyle College. The Waringstown left-armer took 5 for 9 as the teenagers posted 157, helped by 50 extras, and runs from batters Alice Tector (30*) and opener Isobel Light (25). Abbi Leckey (2-33) was also among the wickets. A second wicket stand of 51 between Jemma Gillan (29) and Sarah Rountree (19) settled the nerves for the NCU. The win was then all but secured thanks to a third wicket stand of between the Waringstown pair of Abbi Harrison (45) and skipper Charlotte Lyons (38*), with the five-wicket win achieved in the 31st over.
Leinster beat NCU by 224 runs
Foyle College, 25 July.
 Leinster Futures 281/5 (40 overs; S Woods 123*, C Coulter-Reilly 49; J Mayes 2-46)
 NCU Futures 57 (16.1 overs; M Kerrison 4-17, K McDonald 2-3)
Siuin Woods scored an unbeaten 123 (George Chambers)
Siúin Woods launched the Women’s Future Series with a bang as she carried her bat with an unbeaten century in Leinster’s huge win over the NCU. The YMCA batter hit 10 fours and 2 sixes in an unbeaten 123 from 127 balls, sharing an opening stand of 92 with Christina Coulter-Reilly (49) in a Leinster total of 281 for 5. Jess Mayes (2-46) was the pick of the NCU attack. The chase never got going as only Gracie Keenan (14) and Jemma Gillan (12) reached double figures as they were bundled out for 57. Malahide’s Maria Kerrison took 4 for 17, while there were also wickets for Kimli McDonald (2-3), Katie Dillon (1-0), Sarah Condron (1-11) and Isobel McCormack (1-17) in the 224-run win.
Leinster U17s beat North West by 2 wickets
Foyle College, 25 July.
 North West 103 (31.2 overs; A McKenna 28, M Devine 20; F Sargent 3-13, A Maguire 3-18)
 Leinster 104/8 (27.4 overs; I Light 21; Z Craig 4-14)
Zara Craig who took four wickets (George Chambers)
It was a double for Leinster as their Under 17s edged out the North West by two wickets in a low-scoring game at Foyle College. The hosts were well placed at 81 for 2 just past the half-way stage with runs for Arianna McKenna (28) and Mollie Devine (20). However they slumped to 103 all out with Freya Sargent (3-13) and Aimee Maguire (3-18) doing the bulk of the damage. Isobel Light (21) got the Dubliners reply off to a solid start, but the introduction of Zara Craig (4-14) changed the complexion of the chase. Two run outs, plus a wicket each for Kia McCartney and Mollie Devine had the game in the balance, but Leinster’s 9th wicket pair of Alice Tector and Niamh McNulty got them over the line.
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