For those that are interested (!), NSW managed to overcome Vic to win the best
of 3 finals series 2-0 in the National League.
The series was played at Optus Oval and here are brief match reports>
Vic won the toss and fielded (it had rained fairly steadily on Thursday, the
wicket was well grassed and the outfield slow).
They bowled well and restricted NSW to 6/153 off 50 overs - Lisa Keightley top
scoring with 57 and Lisa Sthalekar scored 33 (their partnership of 74
obviously provided the bulk of the runs). Clea Smith bowled her 10 overs
straight for 1/16 and Charmaine Mason took 2/28 off her 10.
In reply some tight bowling right from the start prevented Vic from getting a
roll on. Therese McGregor bowled her 10 straight to pick up 2/9. Excellent
fielding saw wickets fall steadily and a second run out in the 49th over saw
Vic fall 7 runs short. Captain Julie Savage topscoring with 36 before being
neatly stumped by Leonie Coleman off Lisa Sthalekar.
NSW won the toss and batted first and in a bewildering (and woeful) way only
managed 114 off 45 overs. One of the umpires can be given credit for 2 dubious
dismissals (!) but the rest was just hopeless! Vic again bowled well with
Mason picking up 2/16 off 10 and leg spinner Louise Broadfoot 4/27 off 10.
Martha Winch top scored with 35.
Again NSW's bowling was to the fore and the fielding was superb yet it look
like Vic was home and hosed when the scored reached 7/107 with plenty of balls
to spare. Amazingly the remaining 3 wickets fell for the addition of only 6
more runs and NSW were home by the skinniest of margins. McGregor agin picked
up 2/26, Julie Hayes 2/32 with Deb Nelson picking up the last wicket bowled to
finish with 1/10 off 2.3. Steph Theodore topscored with 30.
This gives NSW a hattrick of National League titles (a first for NSW as prior
to last seson they'd never won 2 in a row!).
McGregor was Player of the Finals and NSW captain Belinda Clark was voted (by
the umpires over the season) Player of the Series.