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Lara Neild hails strength of Thriplow women’s cricket set-up after ECB Vitality Club Plate T20 final victory

Thriplow were victorious in the ECB Women's Club Plate T20 final
Thriplow were victorious in the ECB Women's Club Plate T20 final

Lara Neild hailed the strength of women’s cricket at Thriplow after clinching victory in the ECB Vitality Women’s Club Plate T20 final.

They went to Kibworth in Leicestershire to face Mildenhall in their first senior national competition final, and emerged with a nine-wicket triumph.

“We’re very happy; there were lots of celebrations, it was very good,” said captain Neild.

“We’ve had a very strong season so far, we haven’t lost in the league and we just went into it knowing our cricket and we that could play our cricket, and if we lost playing our cricket it would be OK.

“But we just had a great day. Everyone fielded, bowled and batted really well so it just all came together which was just great to see.”

The victory was somewhat of a surprise, but while it was a dream at the start, it became more of a reality as they progressed through the competition.

“Yes [it was a shock], because I don’t think we expected to be this far into it; but no because I know the girls are very talented cricketers and I back them 100 per cent. I’m surprised that we got that far,” said Neild.

At the same time, another set of players were representing Thriplow in the Women’s East Anglian Premier League and clinched a 146-run win over Easton to go to the top of the table.

“I think the one thing that stands out for me through the whole competition from a club perspective is that we went three to four games in a row with completely different sides for each game,” said Neild.

“That just shows the squad depth in the women’s set-up at Thriplow, even the fact that we can fulfil both a cup game and an EAPL fixture and win both of them quite convincingly shows just how strong the girls’ set- up is at Thriplow.

“That’s the real positive that I take away from the whole thing, that we’ve used over 30 players in the entire plate competition and we’ve got to the final and won it.”

In the Women’s Club Plate final, Thriplow won the toss and elected to bowl first.

Sophia Pearson and Sally Phelps took two wickets in the powerplay to have Mildenhall at 42 for 2.

Spin trio Isabella Routledge, Isabella James, and Isobel Weston limited runs and took vital wickets as Mildenhall finished their 20 overs on 96 for 8.

There was a 50-run second-wicket partnership off 55 balls for Routledge and Chaaya Malik.

They went on to get to their total in 17.3 overs with nine wickets in hand as Routledge scored 58 and Malik got 21.

In the league game, Georgia Wynne-Jones produced a brilliant bowling display for a young Thriplow side against Easton.

Sirisha Gorantla made 71 and Freya Watrasiewicz hit 38 as Thriplow recovered from 7 for 3. Wynn-Jones then weighed in with 46 as they finished their 40 overs on 243 for 8.

Connie Piper struck first with two wickets, and Wynne-Jones captured three to leave the hosts on 20 for 5.

Easton ended up being dismissed for 97, as Wynne-Jones snared six for 7 off six overs.

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