By Sally McGlew
GOING into the grand final this year Wanneroo were undefeated when the Midland Guildford women’s Under 17 team marched onto the oval to field.
Midland Guildford won by one wicket, but Midland Guildford coach Dave Catania said the team’s plan was to bat first.
“We got beaten badly in the home and away round against Wanneroo so we put a lot of planning into the grand final,” Catania said.
Wanneroo posted 50 runs before the first wicket fell in the 9th over. Morgan Pires took two wickets for 13 runs off seven overs and Shay Manolini bagged two wickets for 11 off five overs.
Then medium pacer Evie O’Reilly came on and took three for 12 off three overs and Midland Guildford’s opening pace bowler Holly Catania finished the job taking three wickets for 21 runs off 5.5 overs.
Wanneroo went from one for 50 to losing their next nine wickets for 41 runs Midland Guildford bowling them out for 91 off 24.5 overs.
Coming up to the crease to bat, Midland Guildford were chasing 91 runs and started poorly losing the first wicket at two runs but a 32-run partnership between Morgan Pires and Meg Spalding steadied the ship until Spalding was dismissed with the score at 34.
Catania said In the best batter was Ines McKeon with a score of 23 off 54 balls.
When Pires was out for 21 off 45 balls we were worried, he said.
“At 9 for 85 I was thinking we might not work our way out of this,” Catania said.
The team still needed seven runs to win.
He said Smith got them over the line, with 1 wicket and 15 balls to spare.
“As you can imagine it was very tense all day until we got that winning run and then the smiles and relief were incredible to see.
Mark Manolini and Dave Catania said they were extremely proud of their players.