MATCH REPORT BY ABI CARTER
Blackheath booked their place in the Super 8s semi-finals with a resounding win against Leeds & Broomfield on Sunday 14th August. The London club got revenge after suffering defeat at the hands of Leeds in the group stages.
Leeds inserted Blackheath, but openers Sarah Berman and, in particular, Leanne Atkins set about laying a good foundation. Their opening partnership was worth 71, with Atkins regularly finding the boundary. Berman was out lbw to Alice Baldwin, which brought in Laura Daniels who could play herself in while Atkins accelerated towards 50 – and retirement – at the other end. Daniels and Abi Carter had licence to go for their shots, and while the latter was run out, Blackheath finished on 160 for 2.
Leeds’ reply did not begin well. Cheryl Beech was bowled by Carter’s first ball and then Daniels dispatched of the other opener Baldwin in her second over. Claire Livesey and Jemma Conner then came on to bowl very tightly – the Leeds batsman found the latter particularly hard to get away and she took a wicket maiden (a rare occurrence indeed at Super 8s). The Leeds middle order displayed good staying power but could not accumulate runs, and although Hannah Davies found the boundary a couple of times at number 6, Daniels returned for the final over to help herself to two more wickets and finish with 3-14. Leeds finished their 15 overs at 86 for 6.
Last year Blackheath were beaten at the semi-final stage; this year they are hoping to go at least one better.