Super 3's initiative proves great success
Sunday saw an action packed festival of cricket as the top players in Irish Women's cricket played out a Super 3 series in glorious conditions at Rathmines.
The Bulls squad, captained by Mary Waldron and coached by Rob O'Connor came out on top following wins against The Hawks and the Foxes.
The first game of the series produced the closest finish with just two runs separating the teams. Emma Beamish struck five boundaries in a fluent 38 as the Bulls racked up 119 for 4. She was well supported by Isobel Joyce (20), L Allen (16*) and Amy Kenealy (13*).
The Hawks reply fell just short despite the best efforts of teenager Kim Garth who made an unbeaten 52 from 55 deliveries (4 fours). Laura Boylan also batted well for her 23 not out from 22 balls. Best with the ball were Clodagh Conway (1-18) and Amy Kenealy (1-25).
The Bulls were also triumphant in their second encounter, as a consistent batting display powered them to 146 for 6. Isobel Joyce top scored with 29, while there were also useful cameos from Amy Kenealy (28) and Una Raymond-Hoey (20). Steph Wilkinson (2-30) was the most successful of the bowlers.
Cecelia Joyce looked as if she might propel the Foxes to the win, but her dismissal for 39 from 34 balls (2 fours, 2 sixes) saw her side falter as the run rate steadily climbed. Louise McCarthy hit 22 not out from 19 balls, while Emma Flanagan played some decent shots in her 19. In the end Clodagh Conway (2-15) and Amy Kenealy (2-16) both combined to restrict the Foxes to 115 for 8.
The final game was played as a ten over per side fixture and it too produced a thrilling encounter with just 3 runs the difference.
Kim Garth (29) and Valmai Gee (27*) saw the Hawks post 80-3, with Steph Wilkinson (1-15) and Louise McCarthy (1-12) the pick of the attack.
Garth then produced a fine spell to take 3 for 9 as The Foxes finished on 77 for 8 - Emma Flanagan top scoring with 25.
Irish international Paul Stirling judged Kim Garth the Player of the tournament for her superb all round performances.