21 March 2021
Jade Jets v Bauhinia Stars
Jade Jets 103/5 in 27.3 overs (Mariko Hill 63*, Maryam Bibi 5.3-0-24-2) beat Bauhinia Stars 102 a/o in 35.2 overs (Kary Chan 27, Keenu Gill 4.2-1-6-3, Jasmine Titmuss 7-0-22-3) by 5 wickets
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The third and final game of the 2020-21 Women’s Premier League was played on Sunday 21st March at Mission Road. Jade Jets skipper Pull To won the toss and elected to field first on an overcast morning.
Pull To’s decision was justified right away with a pair of early wickets. She held a sharp catch to dismiss Jaswinder Kaur off Iqra Sahar in the 2nd over, after which Jasmine Titmuss trapped Emma Lai LBW. Ruchitha Venkatesh and Kary Chan rebuilt, but Ruchi nicked the first ball she received from Betty Chan to be dismissed for 5, the Stars 39/3. Kary Chan was dismissed for 27 on the last ball of Betty’s next over, falling to a clever piece of bowling, and Game 2 POTM Maryam Bibi was caught well by Mariko for a 2nd ball duck. Amanda stuck around for a while, but was the 6th batter dismissed, bowled around her legs by Keenu Gill, who then ran out a hesitating Alison Siu to leave the Stars reeling at 56/7. Connie Wong rebuilt with Dorothea Chan, adding 32 runs, but just as she was set to tee off she was yorked by Jasmine Titmuss, bowled for 26. Jasmine bowled Anum with an identical yorker next ball, the Stars losing their 9th wicket for just 88 runs. Dorothea Chan and Maheen Haider added 14 runs and took the Stars past 100, before Keenu broke through Dorothea’s defenses to bring an end to the innings in the 36th over.
In response, the Bauhina Stars nabbed a couple of early wickets of their own. Skipper Kary Chan dismissed her opposite number Pull To in the 4th over, and Maryam Bibi struck twice in her opening spell, trapping Titmuss LBW and bowling Keenu Gill with a peach of a delivery. After 11.2 overs the Jets found themselves on exactly the same score as the Stars - 39/3. But Mariko Hill was hitting them well, and proceeded to dispatch every poor ball offered. She struck 11 boundaries on her way to 63* off 74 balls, taking the game away from the Stars in the process. She added 43 with Lemon Cheung, in the highest partnership of the game, and despite a late wobble was able to ease the Jets home with 12.3 overs and 5 wickets to spare. A comprehensive win for the Jets to cap off a successful first-ever Women’s Premier League!