Cricket: Lewis’s Scorching century blows out Typhoons to win Arachas Cup

by Stephen Findlater

A MAIDEN century by Irish international and Scorchers captain Gaby Lewis led her side to the Arachas Super 50 Cup title after beating the Typhoons by 140 runs at Malahide Cricket Club. 

The YMCA player brought up her half-century from 47 balls, and her maiden century at this level from 109 balls. Lewis struck 15 boundaries in her score of 115, playing shots all around the ground. Her cover drives and straight drives were particularly effective today, as she took full toll on anything over-pitched or wide of off stump. 

Lewis’ confidence was on full display as she lifted Rachel Delaney over mid on for four to bring up her first ton in the Arachas Super Series. This was the fifth century in the history of the competition after Meg Kendal (125), Cecelia Joyce (118), Clare Shillington (116) and Orla Prendergast (116) – Prendergast’s century coming three weeks ago at Rush. 

 Lewis found good support throughout, firstly from Leah Paul (29) who she shared a 106-run opening stand, then a 74-run stand with Shauna Kavanagh (34). Sophie MacMahon played a cameo 31* at the end of the innings, with the Scorchers finishing on 271-5 from their 50 overs. 

Gaby Lewis hits out

 For the Typhoons, while five bowlers picked up a wicket each, Jane Maguire’s spell of 0-26 from 7 overs was the most impressive in terms of her ability to contain the run rate and cause a few nervous moments to the batters. 

In response, the Typhoons lost Rebecca Stokell in the first over, but despite a 75-run second wicket stand between Louise Little (34) and Rachel Delaney (41) the side in blue struggled to mount a challenge throughout the run chase. Delaney batted solidly, but with her side in need of a scoring acceleration, her patient knock came to an end holing out at mid off – possibly her first false shot of her 83-ball knock. 

 Orla Prendergast added late runs – her 26 from 23 balls included three fours and a beautifully struck six over the deep cover boundary – but the Typhoons lower order collapsed losing 6-7 in just under three overs to be bowled out for 131. 

 Top wicket-takers for the Scorchers were Lara Maritz (3-10) who bowled with pace and a line and length that made batting awkward, and Leah Paul (3-38) who continued on her bowling form from the recent Scotland T20I series where she claimed 9 wickets at an incredible average of 4.44. 

The Scorchers convincing 140-run win has essentially handed them the 2021 Arachas Super 50 Cup title, leading the Cup competition 3-1 with one game to play. 

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