The second match of the inaugural Women’s Premier League between Bauhinia (red) and Sail (blue) was played at Mission Road on Sunday, 7th February 2016.
In stark contrast to the first match of the series, the second game was played under brilliantly clear skies with mild temperatures. Hoping to make best use of the conditions, Bauhinia’s skipper Mariko Hill opted to bowl first after winning the toss. The Sail opening pairing of Kary Chan and Rucitha Venkatesh got the innings off to a flying start with 14 runs coming off the first over, courtesy of some good running.
The pair moved the score to 23 after four overs before Pull To struck to dismiss Ruchitha in her first over – a wicket maiden. Pull To then bowled Shanzeen Shahzad in her next over to leave Sail on 2/31 in the seventh over.
Keenu Gill attempted to increase the run-rate but she was stumped by wicket-keeper Jenefer Davies after scoring 9 to give Pull To her third wicket.
Kary Chan hit a couple of boundaries in her 17 but she was next to fall, bowled by Amada Kwok, with the score on 51. A 20-run partnership for the fifth wicket between Chan Sau Ha and Emma Lai lifted the score to 71 at which stage Chan Sau Ha was caught by Mariko. The remaining Sail batters added 15 runs in the last three overs and the Sail innings finished with their score on 8/86 with Emma Lai unbeaten on 15.
Pull To was the pick of the bowlers for the Bauhinia team and she finished with the excellent figures of 3/16 from her four overs.
Pull To and Jenefer Davies opened the reply for Bauhinia and they put together an opening partnership of 31 before Pull To was bowled by Ruchitha for 22, including four boundaries. Davies and Mariko Hill added 42 runs for the second wicket but with the score on 73, Hill was bowled by Chan Sau Ha for 21 and, shortly afterwards, Davies was run-out for 15. With only 11 runs needed for victory and with plenty of overs and wickets in hand, Cindy Ho (8*) and Amanda Kwok (2*) eased Bauhinia over the line without further loss. Bauhinia’s victory gives them a 2-0 lead in the series.
Match Summary: Sail 8/86 from 20 overs lost to Bauhinia 3/87 from 18.5 overs by seven wickets.
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