Middlesex Women's coach Ruan Louw talks us through a terrific effort from the Middlesex Women's side on T20 Finals Day at Vine Lane, Uxbridge, as they beat hot favourites Kent in their opening game before losing in their final game to Nottinghamshire, who lifted the trophy!
On Sunday 3 August 2014, Middlesex Women took on Kent and Nottinghamshire in the NatWest T20 Finals Day at RAF Vine Lane. After a brilliant week for the Middlesex team, winning three out of four T20 matches and beating Sussex by five wickets in the last league fixture, the team were excited and ready for the challenge of finals day against two strong sides, filled with England internationals.
Match One at 10:30 saw Beth win the toss and electing to bat first against Kent. After a tough start, losing Dunkley in the 2nd over, Tash Miles and Anna Nicholls pushed us to 117/9 in our 20 overs. In return, Kent found themselves 2/1 in the second over, with Maia Bouchier removing Lydia Greenway with her first ball. After Charlotte Edwards was removed; quite brilliantly caught and bowled by Danni Warren; Kent lost wickets consistently throughout. Izzy Westbury (4/15) finally ended their reply for 72. Middlesex won by 45 runs. No mean feat considering Kent had four current England Internationals; a New Zealand international and an England academy player in their starting eleven.
This left us with a three hour break before our next fixture, whilst we saw Kent beat Nottinghamshire by two runs in a low scoring match. This left us playing Notts for the top spot.
We lost the toss and Nottinghamshire elected to bat first on a now much slower wicket. We were quite unfortunate to come up against some creative and positive batting from Danni Wyatt (41 from 19 balls); Jane Smit (43 not out from 34 balls) and Georgie Boyce (35 from 34 balls). They powered to 158/5 from their 20 overs, leaving us a tough challenge batting last on the day.
Nottinghamshire bowled very well and to cut a long story short, bowled us out for 83 runs and fully deserved to be winners on the day.
Whilst we were very disappointed in eventually finishing second, we were proud of finishing second! With a squad of players with four under 16s, we outplayed Kent and finished runners up in the national T20 finals. In all a great achievement for an ever developing Middlesex team!
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