Sunday was I’Anson Finals Day for the Women’s Softball League. The day was hosted at the beautiful Fernhurst ground, where everyone enjoyed the fantastic new Clubhouse and The Fern cafe. 

Blackheath go into bat

The semi-finals were between Farncombe vs Frimley Phoenix, and Blackheath vs Grayshott Chargers. Following a great first semi-final, where Farncombe took the win, it was the Charger’s turn. In a rare event the Chargers won the toss and elected to field. With a team of 10, the field was set and aimed to limit the singles and stop as many boundaries as possible. As the sun broke through the clouds, it was an exciting innings as Blackheath pushed the field aiming to rack up the runs. The Charger’s fielding was in good form, with a great display of bowling which saw the number of wickets taken add up to 12! Yes 12 – so many that the electronic scoreboard couldn’t keep up! With Blackheath finishing on 238/12, it was time for a quick drink before the Chargers went into bat.

Chargers chase 238 for the win

The Blackheath bowling proved tricky at times and their fielders were in great form to take some wicked catches. Despite a great effort from Blackheath in the field, the Charger’s batting was cool, calm and collected, only losing 6 wickets. With the final wicket falling on the last ball of the match, the Chargers took the win finishing on 268/6, which secured their spot in the I’Anson Women’s Softball Final. For the geeks amongst you, the full match report is here:

During the 3rd/4th play off the rain arrived, so unfortunately cricket was abandoned for the day. The Final between Farncombe Ferns and Grayshott Chargers will now take place on 20th August.

Charger’s captain Al shared her thoughts: ‘It was such a great day to be a part of. A real celebration of a great season of women’s cricket for the Club and the League. There are 27 players in our squad, all of whom have helped get us here. We were all delighted to represent our Club, fellow players and friends. Thank you to everyone who came and supported and cheered us on.

Team pic: Back row, L-R: Kate O (scorer), Amy, Cath, Sophie, Cady, Sonia, Charlie B. Front row, L-R: Louise, Al (c), Becca, Trace. And, keen Club supporters Kevin and Mascot Bob, below!