On September 2, 2023, the final day of the T20 women’s competition was organized at Excelsior. During the day there were games, cricket clinics and T10 matches for the teams that did not make the finals. We, VCC, played our second final, this time against Red&White. Winning the 40-over competition tasted like more so we went all-in. There was a large crowd as everyone lingered after the afternoon activities.
VCC won the toss and started batting, as always when the captain won the toss (which unfortunately did not happen very often). Openers Iris Zwilling (16) and Julia Corder (8) started well. Iris hit two beautiful fours and held the strike. Julia spent the first few overs running her lungs out without facing a ball. When Iris was caught out early on her sister’s bowling, Babette de Leede (10) came in at number three. We got a little nervous when she too was back on the sidelines fairly quickly. But not to worry, because Eva Lynch (46) did not see fit to become champion “only” once. She even hit a 6! Together with Annemijn van Beuge (18), she picked up where she left off, bringing VCC to a defendable total of 109 runs.
Now it was up to VCC’s bowlers to take wickets, Heather Siegers’ was especially important. When Heather hit two fours and a six we thought ‘oh, oh’ for a moment but that thought was short-lived as our kiwi-overseas Sarah Asmussen (3-18) picked up Heather’s wicket when she had 22 runs. By the way, that was not Sarah’s only wicket in her last game of 2023 on Dutch soil. She grabbed two more. Through the bowling of Donna Polet (2-15), Iris (1-11) and Carlijn van Koolwijk (1-7), VCC got Rood&Wit all out in the 18th over for 70 runs. So it was clearly a much less exciting match than the 40-over final against Quick, but that makes sense (see match report Final VCC-Quick).
We are double champions of 2023!!!
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