OM Ladies crowned twice

2015-05-05 06:00

Carolyn Esterhuizen, captain of the Old Mutual Cricket Club’s ladies team, hits a ball through the covers to see her team home in the WP Women’s T20 cup final.

Carolyn Esterhuizen, captain of the Old Mutual Cricket Club’s ladies team, hits a ball through the covers to see her team home in the WP Women’s T20 cup final. PHOTO: supplied

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The ladies team of the Old Mutual Cricket Club celebrates the end of the season with two trophies in the bag.

Led by Western Province opening bat and off break bowler Carolyn Esterhuizen the team won both the WP Women’s Premier League 50 over competition and T20 cup.

The team managed this feat despite losing to the runners-up in the round robin stages of both competitions.

50 over finalOne of these runners-up was five times 50 over champion Bellville Ladies, who boasts a number of provincial players.

Old Mutual scored an impressive 204/7 in the 50 over final against Bellville Ladies, with solid contributions by Esterhuizen (54) and young prodigy Laura Wolfaardt (60). Saarah Smith also contributed a useful 28.

Chasing 205 to win, Bellville Ladies showed that spin-bowling is its Achilles heel as bowlers Esterhuizen (1 for 29 in 8 overs) and Insaaf Ismail (4 for 56 in 9 overs) contained them.

Bellville Ladies could only reach 154 all out from 39 overs. Alexis le Breton, WP captain, was the only resistance and ended on 62.

T20 final

Old Mutual Ladies faced the UWC Ladies in the T20 day/night final at Sahara Park New­lands. UWC topped the T20 round robin log for the season. Having lost twice to the season’s log leaders in the round robin matches, Old Mutual went into the final as the underdogs.

Sending UWC in to bat allowed the Old Mutual quick bowlers to blow UWC out of the park. Wolfaardt (1 for 10 in 4 overs) and Nadima Khan (1 for 10 in 4 overs) bowled accurately to set the trend, but it was 16-year-old Tala Ross who stamped her mark on the game and ended with a career best of 5 for 8 in 3.1 overs. Old Mutual named her its player of the match.

UWC could only muster up 65 all out in 19 overs which Old Mutual chased down with 32 balls to spare. Esterhuizen achieved the top score with 20 and Saarah Smith scored 16

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