BREADY AND FOX LODGE TO MEET IN WOMEN’S CUP FINAL

The NW Women’s Cup final takes place at Strabane on Friday night (5.30pm) and it’s an all-Tyrone clash between the two form teams of the season, Bready and Fox Lodge.

Bready were given a scare in their semi-final, slumping to 15 for 5 in the chase, before being rescued by skipper Alana Dalzell who made an unbeaten 28 to get them over the line. She’s relishing the prospect of a decider against their closest rivals.

“We have a solid base of experienced players in Jemma Rankin, Steph Wilkinson, Vee Buchanan, and along with myself, hopefully we can help guide some of the younger girls through the final, as this will be a first for most of them.

“The youthfulness of the team brings great enthusiasm to the table and has helped create a fantastic team spirit this year. I’m confident with our strong bowling attack which has been key to our success throughout the season, with both our fast and slower pace bowlers proving difficult to contend with.

“We take nothing for granted going into the final as the uncertainty of cricket was highlighted in our match at Killyclooney on Monday, and we know that it will be a tough game against a very good Fox Lodge team who will be hoping to retain the cup.

“However, if we stick to our game plan, I feel that we will have every chance of winning. Whatever the result, we hope that it will be an enjoyable match for both players and spectators alike.”

Her Fox Lodge counterpart Mollie Devine is hopeful the Ballymagorry side can win the trophy yet again.

“We are going for our fourth consecutive cup win, taking on a very good Bready side who are the league champions. We’re more than positive and feel capable of putting on a good performance.

“Emma Allen has been the big player with the bat for us this year, consistently scoring runs and loads of match winning innings, hopefully she can carry this on in the final. I’ve been lucky to have had a good season with the ball and also scored a few runs. Hannah McLaughlin’s keeping has been exceptional as usual but is also one of our key batters in that middle order who can do some real damage.

“Kara Bates, Lucy Neely, Lucy Blair and Sarah Black make up the bowling line-up which has been excellent for us this year, and we’re all looking forward to Friday evening as it’s always a great occasion.”