Waringstown lift maiden Gallagher Women’s Challenge Cup title

Warngstown picked up their first Gallagher Women’s Challenge Cup title after beating defending champions CSNI by four wickets at The Lawn on Sunday.

Batting first, CSNI posted a total of 67/6 from their 20 overs with captain Abbi Leckey (18) top-scoring while Molly Mathers (2-11) and Waringstown skipper Charlotte Lyons (2-12) starred with the ball.

Their chase got off to a bad start when Cara Murray was caught off the bowling of Nikhita Gondhia (2-14) in the second over, who also dismissed Lyons (10) to leave Waringstown sitting on 15-2.

A third-wicket partnership of 30 between Mathers (15), who was named Player of the Match, and Rachael Harrison (19) helped to steady the ship.

The Villagers then lost three wickets for five runs as Mathers, Lois Lyttle and Harrison all departed to leave them 50-5 and provide some hope for their visitors.

It was left to Abbi Harrison (15*) to lead her side home, rounding the game off with a four off the first ball of the final over as Waringstown lifted the trophy for the first time.

Charlotte Lyons with the Challenge Cup trophy. ©CricketEurope

“It was a really close game, with CSNI taking it right to the last over,” Lyons told CricketEurope after the game.

“It was a great effort by them after not setting a huge total but they fought all the way.”

Lyons believes the squad are now capable of going on to win even more silverware with the likes of Harrison in their side.

“Abbi is a very strong player and she backed herself to win the game and did it for us,” she added.

“It was a great innings and we were all confident she could do it.

“This is the first time we have won the competition having lost four years ago to North Down.

“I feel this is the start of something for the side, as we have a lot of young players who can only get better.”

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