Eastbourne Ladies Renegades win Sussex Slam
Eastbourne Renegades won the inaugural Sussex Slam with an emphatic 64 run win over Horsham Lionesses on Sunday.
Renegades captain Alex Myall lost the toss and were asked batting first. Openers Polly McCarthy Williams and Mimi Wilton put the Horsham attack to the sword with an unbeaten partnership of 84 inside the first 10 overs.. Polly retiring on an excellent 40. Mary Taylor joined Mimi in the middle and was positive from the start and even when Mimi departed for a superb 30.
Mary continued her onslaught reaching a brilliant unbeaten 41 before retiring. Skipper Alex Myall then hit 3 massive 6s on her way to 25 not out as Renegades closed on 176-3 off their 20 overs
Renegades knew that the Horsham top order would attack from the outset but excellent opening spells from Myall and Katie Eagle made sure the Lionesses roar was blunted inside the first 6 overs as they limped to 25-2. Tilda Collins then produced a superb spell of 4 overs 3 for 14 as she blew away the middle order and Horsham never recovered and once Maddie Smith accounted for danger woman Izi Noakes. Arwyn James chipped in with an important wicket. The spinners Tilly Dow and Sara Sidiq were able to control the final few overs as the Renegades won at a canter and lifted the trophy in front of delighted parents and supporters
The Renegades are a very young fledgling ladies team, the eldest 20 years old and the youngest 14 in their first year as an 11-a-side squad.