Rubina Chhetry’s all-round show ensures 61 Run Victory for Barmy Army over Sapphires

Match no. 14 of the ongoing 02 edition of the FairBreak Invitational had Barmy Army take on Sapphires at the Kowloon Cricket Club, Hong Kong. The game witnessed the former batting first post an above-par total that they then went on to defend emphatically and the defeat brought an end to Sapphires’ campaign.

Rubina Chettry's all-round show ensures 61 Run Victory for Barmy Army over Sapphires. PC: Twitter
Rubina Chhetry’s all-round show ensures 61 Run Victory for Barmy Army over Sapphires. PC: Twitter

1st innings: Barmy Army – 168/8 (20.0)

The side batting first had Laura Wolvaardt hold on to an end while Nigar Sultana (11) and Roberta Avery (4) departed cheaply. Laura then opened arms and bagged a few boundaries, but the fall of wickets continued as Keenu Gill on 3(6) departed with 44 on board in the 6th over. Laura finally had support from the other end with Shemaine Campbelle striking well, and the 45-run stand between the two came to a close with Laura departing on 49(32). Following Ruchitha Venkatesh’s dismissal for a first-ball duck, skipper Lauren Winfield-Hill joined Shemaine.

The pair shared a brief 21-run stand as Shemaine departed on 30(17), and in no time, the side lost a couple more as Lauren on 12(8) and Laura Cardoso on 0(4) walked back. A timely 47-run partnership between Rubina Chhetry and Tara Norris powered the side to close out on 168 with the pair remaining unbeaten on 32(25) and 17(12) respectively. Sapphires with the ball had Jivana Aras strike 4, while Aditiba Chudasama, Sibona Jimmy, Kary Chan, and Sana Mir bagged a wicket each.

2nd innings: Sapphires – 107/10 (15.5)

The side lost Sibona for a golden duck and Babette de Leede then was accompanied by Erin Burns. The pair shared a bried partnership that saw curtains with Burns walking back on 21(17), and a few balls later, Maryam Omar on 2(4) was dismissed. Tash Farrant and Babette then built the sides innings with a fine 46-run stand before Babette on 23(25) was dismissed, and a wicket brought another as Kary Chan was handed a 5-ball duck.

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The side was 5 down for 80 and small partnerships was all they could manage as Aditiba Chudasama (2) and Sana Mir (9) departed after brief stays and shortly after Tash Farrant’s resistance too came to an end on 32(32). The team was soon bundled out for 107 and leading the Barmy Army wickets chart was Rubina Chhetry with the season’s first 5-fer (5/11 off 4), Ruchitha followed with a couple and so did Tara and Cardoso with a wicket each.

Result: Barmy Army won by 61 runs

Just another good day at the office it was for the Barmy Army who registered yet another thumping win, while Sapphires’ season only went from bad to worse and their campaign has now come to an end following their 5th-place finish in the points table.

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