The Dragons looked likely to be the winners for much of the day, but the Typhoons clawed their way back from the brink of defeat to claim a sensational first victory.
HOLYWOOD- Typhoons clawed their way back from the brink of defeat to claim a sensational maiden victory in the Arachas Super 50 Cup, thanks to the comprehensive exploits of Laura Delany and Robyn Searle, as the Dragons slumped 205-3 to 216 all chasing 234.
The Dragons looked likely to be the winners for much of the day, first by executing four excellent outings in a field display that was allied by tight bowling to limit the Typhoons to 233 on a good batting pitch, before Sarah Forbes (65), Orla Prendergast (57) and Leah Paul (30) seemed to have done light work of the chase.
The Typhoons had other ideas, turning the game around claiming seven wickets for 11 runs from just 20 balls to secure a memorable win as the fans on the ground were stunned. Robyn Searle started the rot, firing Sarah Forbes for 65 after a top edge was caught well by a diving Mary Waldron before a flatter break pinned Amy Caulfield LBW at the next ball. The Typhoons didn’t look back from there. Their ruthlessness was typified by Joanna Loughran diving forward and to her right to the point of dismissing Ali Cowan and securing victory.
Laura Delany stepped in with the ball, claiming 2-14 from six overs and Louise Little’s 2-24 was remarkable, with the playmaker taking the final two wickets. Prendergast and Forbes, who both struck superbly, will feel unhappy to have finished on the losing side.
Earlier, the Dragons won the toss and opted to go bowling, opting to give the Typhoons the first use of a pitch neither side has played on this season. Alison Cowan replaced Mollie Devine in the final XI after suffering an injury during warm-ups, while Typhoons included Robyn Searle and Jess Mayes for Ava Canning and Lara McBride among the XI Typhoons last fielded in the Arachas Trophy Great 20.
The Typhoons started the match steadily, with Celeste Raack (18) and Robyn Searle (45) putting 48 for the first wicket in 14.4 overs. Mary Waldron’s 22 from 23 balls gave the Typhoons innings momentum, but it would be Laura Delany who would take the Typhoons to a competitive total.
Delany’s 83 unbeaten 72 balls included 11 fours, with the Irish skipper particularly strong using her feet and hitting the ball on the ground. Although the wickets continued to fall all around, Delany stayed and gave the Typhoons the finish they needed to give the bowlers something to play for.
The Dragons were reportedly delighted with their effort on the court, claiming four outs, while Kate McEvoy had two superb catches. The first 15-yard run to recover a skier to dismiss Georgina Dempsey from Leah Paul’s bowling before catching Sophie Strickland on a shot that was drilled above head height at half-wicket from Cara Murray’s bowling .
In the end, it was the Typhoons who took the spoils. They will face the Scorchers – who have six points while the Typhoons and Dragons have just two – on Wednesday in Pembroke.