CHESTER Boughton Hall Ladies are on the verge of sealing a league and cup double.
The defending Cheshire Women’s League champions are just one win away from retaining their title and have reached the Twenty20 Knockout Cup final.
A fantastic weekend for Hall saw them negotiate the tricky obstacle of basement club Brooklands in the league on Sunday to take one more step towards glory.
The visiting side batted first and set only 74ao thanks to the hostile bowling of a determined Hall attack. Nic Capes took 3-0 in the first six overs. Brooklands’ only score in that period was a wide.
Ali Cutler then snaffled 2-9 as Brooklands struggled to get going.
Annette Axon claimed (2-4) before Nat Kelly (2-42) and younger sister Steph (1-5) cleaned up the tail.
After tea, Hall set about Brooklands, Cutler (38no) and Suzi Walker (17) pushing them towards an eight-wicket victory at 78-2.
Then on Monday Hall travelled to Oakmere in the Twenty20 Knockout semi-final.
Batting first, they posted a respectable 123-3, Cutler and Lorna Thomas each starring with 20no as Capes made 21no under the retirement rule.
Oakmere opener Jane Tarpey was going well until a calf injury forced her to retire on 15. They showed why they were in the semi as a handful of players hit 20 but wickets for Walker (2-7), Victoria Latham (1-20), Axon (1-9) and Nat Kelly (1-9) slowed up the run rate enough to see Hall home as Oakmere closed on 86-5.