Comets see stars in see-saw match

Alexander ScottNorth West Telegraph
The shooting stars fought back to a dominant position.
Camera IconThe shooting stars fought back to a dominant position. Credit: Alexander Scott

Shooting Stars edged past the Comets in an arm-wrestle of a match in round eight of the Hedland First National women’s cricket competition at Kevin Scott Oval on November 11.

Comets elected to bat first hoping to set a daunting total, but the Stars had other plans with their bowlers halting the Comets attack.

Both openers got off to slow starts making just four runs from the first two overs before they were both dismissed in the fourth over leaving the Comets struggling at 2/7.

It was slow progress for the Comets as they rebuilt their innings, with Carmel Ford providing stubborn resistance as wickets fell around her.

Ford retired on 19 not out while Donna Chapman and Teah Heenan both fell for single figures leaving the Comets in dire straights at 4/41 after 10 overs.

Sarah Miller and Vanessa Wainwright added some much needed runs with 13 and 17 respectively, while the Stars would be disappointed with conceding 33 extras letting the Comets crawl to 7/107.

It was a dominant bowling display from the Stars with Sharon Smirke bowling brilliantly with 2/7 from three overs and Kristy Morgan dismissed two batters for 20 runs. Comets got off to the perfect start with their bowling, with Brooke O’Grady dismissing the dangerous Tracey Marlow in the first over.

Wainwright then dismissed Morgan leaving the Stars on shaky ground after two overs at 2/10.

Stars went about rebuilding their innings before Jane Wichura was clean bowled by Lyn Poharama with Kirsty Kubala following for a three ball duck.

Wainwright continued to be a menace to batters, keeping the Comets in the contest when she dismissed Sophie Marlow for 11 and Stacey Smirke for a duck.

Zoe Campbell brought the side home with an unbeaten 50 from just 32 balls.

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