Waratah-Mayfield rounded out Newcastle’s first-ever women’s club cricket competition by dismantling the third-placed Rosellas, helped on by a dominant showing from Emma Jayne with the ball that included the league’s second hat-trick.
Wests won the toss in the competition’s closing fixture, and elected to bat – a choice the victors eventually made them come to regret.
Jayne led the way in the bowling, but Cassandra McLaren (two for four), Emily Palmer (one for five), and Kate Handley (one for three) added their own might to the assault against the Rosellas. Wests were left stunned, and set just 16 runs in 10.3 overs.
Tayla Braithwaite stepped up to the crease for the run-down, hitting 13 not out as Waratah-Mayfield took just 5.5 overs to catch the humble pile from Wests.
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The closing-round victory for Waratah-Mayfield sets up a return fixture in the first week of the finals, when the Rosellas will have their chance for revenge at Waratah Oval at 5pm on Wednesday, November 20 in the semi-final.
The winners of the second-vs-third contest will then face first-season minor premiers Newcastle City in the grand final on November 27.