Last year’s League Champions, NDCC Tarka Ladies continued their winning streak at Instow this weekend. Whilst coach Mark Overton paced in and out of the pavilion watching son Jamie become man of the match at Somerset, and tried to keep an eye on the ladies game at the same time, Tarka girls did him proud against Topsham St. James. After winning the toss Captain Lauren Bowden chose to bat. Openers Kate Williams (27) and Eluned Davies (50) batting and running strongly got the match off to a very positive start. As always at NDCC, the ball moved quickly across an excellent outfield and the run total started to climb.
Alli Kelly knocked a rapid 75 before being caught and bowled by youngster Molly Dart who had a great day for Topsham. Lauren Bowden added 22 to the total before being dismissed by a terrific catch from Maddie Ross off the bowling of Molly Dart. In came Carmen Clements who hit four, fours to rapidly put on another 22 N.O. Player of the day though unquestionably went to Lydia Clements. Lydia, coming in at three played a terrific mature innings to reach her first ever 100 finally reaching a magnificent 109 N.O. with her sister batting at the other end, ensuring Lydia got the strike this was a wonderful occasion for the Clements family, and the NDCC Tarka ladies family. The Tarka ladies reached a terrific total of 337 for 4.
Topsham sent in their big hitters and the Tarka ladies, fielded very efficiently, Ellie Holland was rock solid on the boundary and Katie Williams, Min and Bish Muir prevented a significant number of hard struck balls reaching the boundary. Charlotte Lipscombe was excellent behind the stumps despite an injured finger. Wickets were hard to come by and a wicket eventually fell to Alli Kelly. Topsham finished on 105 for one.
Tarka take on Hatherleigh at NDCC in two weeks time.