Bradmanesque Cherie Taylor leads Wests to Cricket ACT glory


The grand final knock takes Taylor’s record to 691 runs in 13 matches at the Bradmanesque average of 98.71 throughout the season.

As far as individual campaigns go, they do not get much better than the one Taylor has enjoyed to mark Wests’ 50th anniversary with another women’s premiership.

For some time Wests were feeling the pressure of losing the competition’s best player in Zoe Cooke after she was snapped up by the ACT Meteors for the WNCL and Melbourne Renegades for the WBBL.

Cracks started to appear in the opening two games of their Lynne O’Meara Cup defence as the Lions fell to 0-2 despite consecutive half-centuries from Taylor.

But all the while Wests stalwart Emma Greenhalgh knew they had the ability to storm home to the title. There was Taylor working wonders with the willow, and Naomi Woods taking scalp after scalp with the ball.

Woods (4-14 from 6.3 overs) ripped the hapless Norths line-up to shreds with opener Adelaide Jones (42) and Rachel Carroll (16) the only ones offering any real resistance for the underdogs.

Chloe McGann picked up 3-9 from three overs while Greenhalgh chipped in with 1-13 from 3.2 overs. The bags of wickets were enough to make 30 extras in a total of 98 seem insignificant for Wests.

Wests’ triumph caps off a stellar season but they were unable to pull off the double after Tuggeranong Valley claimed the Twenty20 Glenda Hall Shield over Eastlake in January.


Cricket ACT Lynne O’Meara Cup grand final: WESTERN DISTRICT-UC 6-189 (C Taylor 103; scorecard incomplete) bt NORTH CANBERRA GUNGAHLIN 98 (A Jones 42, R Carroll 16; N Woods 4-13, C McGann 3-9) by 91 runs at Kaleen Turf Oval.

Caden Helmers is a sports reporter for The Canberra Times

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