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Tigers on course for title
3:56pm Thursday 14th June 2012 in Cricket
Appleton Tigers secured a narrow three-wicket victory over Trinity to keep their Cheshire Women’s League Division One title hopes alive.
They got off to a great start, restricting their opponents to 14 runs from the first dozen overs, with Natalie Lyon’s impressive stint of five consecutive maidens helping to keep them on the back foot while Hollie McCurrie grabbed 2 for 18.
They could not keep up the pressure though, letting Trinity reach 132 for 5, but managed to bat themselves to victory thanks to Lauren O'Reilly, 36 not out, and McCurrie, 12 not out, passing their target with 17 balls to spare.
The Tigers had a helping hand from Warrington Wolves’ strength and conditioning coach Chris Baron earlier in the week, claiming the prize they won for being named the Warrington Guardian Sports Personality Team of the Year in 2010.
Appleton were put through their paces with fitness drills, team building and ball handling skills in the heavy rain with county U17s player McCurrie getting a taste of how her dad Steve used to train with the Wolves when he played for the club from 1997.
McCurrie said: “We had great fun playing rugby.
“We’ve improved our team spirit and communication, which should help us as we try to win the league title for a third successive year.”
As well as boasting Cheshire’s best women's team, Appleton run junior girls and boys teams across all age groups as well as four men's teams and two social sides.
For further details about playing cricket at the club, call Sue Barlow on 07745 027443.