Allround Laura Delany helps Typhoons to winning start in Women's Super 50
Laura Delany’s allround efforts coupled with half century from Orla Prendergast helped Typhoons begin the Women’s Super 50 tournament with a win over Scorchers at the Oak Hill Cricket Club Ground, Wicklow on Monday (August 3).
Put in to bat, Scorchers were off to a solid start, thanks to Leah Paul and Gaby Lewis. The pair played risk-free cricket and raised 129 for the first wicket. Both of them took their time and brought up their half centuries.
However, Delany broke through in the 28th over, when Paul miscued one to mid-on to be dismissed for 50. In her next over, the Typhoons skipper got rid of Sophie MacMahon for two. At that point it seemed as if the openers’ good work would be undone.
But along with Shauna Kavanagh, Lewis added 42 for the third wicket, before the latter pulled one to Prendergast. She scored 74 off 106 with five fours and a six and walked back with just under 13 overs left.
The Typhoons’ bowlers then tightened things up and gave away just 42 more runs, restricting Scorchers for 219 for seven in their 50 overs. Apart from Delany, who picked up a couple of wickets, Celeste Raack finished with two for 31.
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Typhoons’ 220-run chase didn’t get to the best of starts as Paul trapped Rachel Delaney in front for just 13. Rebecca Stokell was then joined in the middle by Delany and the pair kept Typhoons on track. They added 56 for the second wicket before Stokell fell for 42.
That brought Delany and Prendergast, who hold the record for the highest opening partnership in T20Is for Ireland, together in the middle. Both of them brought up their half centuries en route to a 88-run partnership.
With ten overs and 41 runs to win, Prendergast hit one to mid-off and was out for 58. However, Amy Hunter combined with captain Delany and saw Typhoons home. The former hit a quick unbeaten 23-ball 27 while the latter stayed undefeated on 68 as they won the game with 25 balls to spare.
Brief Scores: Scorchers 219/7 in 50 overs (Gaby Lewis 74, Leah Paul 50; Laura Delany 2/19, Celeste Raack 2/31) lost to Typhoons 223/3 in 45.5 overs (Laura Delany 68*, Orla Prendergast 58; Sophie MacMohan 1/34) by seven wickets.