ROUNDERS: Horwich and Boro round off season in triumph
6:30pm Tuesday 10th September 2013 in Sport
FINAL honours were decided on Sunday with the Handicap competitions coming to a thrilling climax at Darcy Lever Cricket Club.
First up was the Dorothy Clarke final (for teams in Sections H to P) between Horwich Town A, who had a 60-run start, and Rupert Ladies B who were limited to 20 minutes batting in each innings.
After the first innings, Horwich were ahead 111-90 thanks to their start, but raised their game in the second innings, scoring 69 and dismissing Rupert for 58, winning the game 180-148 and giving the large crowd plenty of entertainment.
On what is believed to be the first occasion one club has contested both finals, Rupert Ladies A team faced Radcliffe Borough in the Festival Cup.
Because of the difference in league sections, Rupert had a 20-minute time limit and Boro had a 220-run start, which proved decisive in the final reckoning.
Rupert still fancied their chances as they dismissed their opponents for 19 in the first innings with all Radcliffe batters restricted to single runs. Allanah Gately was last batter and top scorer with four.
In response, Rupert scored 116, but with only four rounders, that was less than they would have liked. Anne Truffas was top scorer with two rounders in her total of 17.
Boro fared better in the second innings, scoring 38, including a rounder from top scorer Jess Elliot – their only player to reach double figures, setting Rupert a target of 162 to win.
Knowing how they had contained their opponents in the first innings, Boro remained calm and although Rupert scored six rounders, the fielders did well to cover gaps to prevent Rupert scoring more. By the end of the 20-minute time limit, Rupert had scored 119, just three more than the first innings.
This meant the delighted Radcliffe Borough team won by 277-235 leaving Rupert A in the unaccustomed position of ending a league season without a trophy.
The season comes to a close on Sunday with the Inter-District Tournament at Bolton Cricket Club.