Defending champions Onslow proved the dominant force in the Joy Lamason One Day final held on Sunday in Nairnville Park.
With the original fixture date pre Christmas being rained off, it was no deterrent as Onslow claimed a second consecutive title for the home side and an astounding ninth title in eleven years.
The Onslow side had a fairly plain sailing run into the final with two wins, two wins on default and two rain outs which left them top of the table and with a home final. However leading into the final they would have been feeling a bit nervy with injury scares to both Sophie Devine and Renee Moffitt but both were fit in time to field a full strength team.
Johnsonvilles’ path was less certain, but two wins and a rain out draw saw them sneak ahead of Collegians to finish 2nd on the league table.
In front of a faithful crowd, winning the toss was about as good as it got for the Johnsonville side as first change bowler Courtney Sprott ripped through the top order removing Hannah Lee-Harwood, Sara Thomas-Hall and Katrina Arnold in rapid succession. CD Hind representative Melissa Hansen had stood stranded while her teammates came and went but in Emma Waddle she found an able partner and together they set about rebuilding the innings with Hansen the aggressor. Having established their sides most profitable partnership, Onslow captain Renee Moffitt sensed the danger and brought on Sophie Devine who immediately trapped Waddle LBW and broke into the Johnsonville tail. With the inevitable looming, Hansen looked to score quickly and added a few late boundaries before Johnsonville were dismissed for 132, Hansen top scorer with 72*.
With a full side of representative players, Onslow made short work in a confident chase and reached 133-1 in the 17th over, Kat Arnold claiming the only wicket of the dangerous Jess McFadyen. Johnsonville tried everything including bowling their wicket keeper but created chances went unrewarded as Suzi McDonald and Renee Moffitt were unbroken at the end, both reaching half centuries.
What eventuated as a fairly one-sided affair was not aided by the unavailability of Johnsonvilles’ top performing all rounders Umaya Ranaweera and Amruta Shidokar. However the side should not dwell too long on the result as with the youngest average age in the competition, this was the clubs first real year in contention for silverwear and shows the depth and development that the club has created within the female game.
(story from cricketwellington.co.nz)