PL Season Review 2016-17 (Women's)

The CTPL Women’s Competition was consistent with previous seasons, contested over 14 rounds of Twenty20 cricket culminating in Semi-Finals and Grand Final.


At the end of the home and away season, the top four were the same as the 2014/15 and 2015/16 seasons although not in the same order. Clarence finished atop on 49 points with only one defeat and one draw blemishing an otherwise perfect season. In doing so, they ended North Hobart’s two-year reign as minor premiers, although the Demons had only fallen the solitary position to second palce on 45 points. New Town were further adrift in third place on 33 points before SHSB rounded out the finalists on 29 points. University were improved finishing one win outside the top four (25 points) followed by Glenorchy (17 points), Kingborough (13 points) and Lindisfarne (5 points). Whilst they finished in last place, Lindisfarne did have something to celebrate, winning their first game since 2012/13 season against Kingborough in Round 5 (excluding a win on forfeit in 2013/14).


In the first Semi-Final, Clarence played host to SHSB and after the match was reduced to 14 overs a side, the Roos were sent in to bat. Erin Fazackerley continued her splendid season form into the semi-final top scoring for Clarence with an unbeaten 46 from 41 deliveries. Fazackerley was ably assisted by Katie Cole (22 off 20) who rounded out the innings to help the total to 3/83. Chelsea Taylor (1/22) was the only wicket taker for the Shark while Lisa Astell (0/10) and Linsey DaCosta (0/11) were efficient from their three overs. In reply, the Sharks never really got going, losing wicket consistently and ultimately, falling 18 runs short with Taylor (16) and Beth Schiwy (14) the top scorers. The wickets were shared by Megan Murray (1/3), Megan Harper (1/8) and Katie Cole (1/11) for the Roos who advanced to their first Grand Final since they won the inaugural Women’s title in 2009/10.


In the second Semi-Final, old foes North Hobart and New Town met at the TCA Ground where North Hoabrt won the toss and elected to bat to set a target. Erin Molnar got the early wicket of Angela Green (5), which brought Veronica Pyke to the crease. The evergreen allrounder was scoring freely, moving the score to 34 before Bernadette Doyle (7) was removed by Meg Phillips (1/17). Captain/Coach Belinda Page joined Pyke and as they have done so many times for North Hobart, the pair combined for a destructive partnership. Both brought up half centuries at an exceptional rate, putting on an even 100 runs before Page was dismissed (50 off 31 deliveries). In pursuit of quick runs, North Hobart lost the next five wickets in quick succession, including Pyke (58 off 42 deliveries) before Taylah Purton (17 not out) saw the Demons to the close of play 7/170. Molnar finished with 2/30 from four overs but it was wicket-keeper Emma Manix-Geeves who finished the best of the Bucks with 2/21 off three overs and two run outs.


For the Bucks to be any chance of challenging the Demons, they needed contributions from openers Phillips and Manix-Geeves but Pyke saw to it that that wouldn’t happen trapping Phillips LBW on the first ball of the innings and later removing Manix-Geeves (8). Pyke claimed the top three batters and finished with 3/3 from her four overs. Hannah Short then took over with the ball and finished off the Bucks claiming 5/8 from four overs as Fran Sullivan (12) was the only batter to reach double figures. New Town finished their innings on 9/37, a far cry from their best efforts while North Hobart sent a ominous warning to fellow grand finalist Clarence in the process.


At Blundstone Arena the following weekend, North Hobart made it four premierships in a row following a comprehensive eight wicket victory over Clarence in the Detail First CTPL Women's Grand Final.


Clarence had no hesitation in electing to bat and immediately threatened to post a large total when Emma Thompson and Erin Fazackerley started the innings in blazing fashion, posting 32 from the first six overs. In a dismissal in which ultimately changed the nature of the match, Thompson (25 off 31 balls) was unfortunately run out at the bowlers’ end after Fazackerley punched one back down the pitch where Hannah Short got a fortuitous deflection onto the stumps.


When Fazackerley (15 off 22 balls) was also run out by Short, the Roos struggled to maintain their strong start with Demons captain Belinda Page (3/18 off 4) and Kirsten Allen (2/10 off 4) tightening the screws to restrict the Roos to 7/99 off 20 overs.


Chasing 100 runs for victory, Olivia McDonald (2/23 off 4 overs) claimed two wickets in the first over to have North Hobart reeling at 2/2 but an unbeaten 100 run partnership between Veronica Pyke (64no off 48 balls) and Hannah Short (26 off 33 balls) helped the Demons chase the total in just 14 overs to claim their fourth consecutive CTPL Women's premiership 


For her exceptional efforts with the bat, Veronica Pyke was named the Player of the Final for the second time in her career.