Anna Duthie-Jung top scored for Sacred Heart, falling one run short of a deserved half century, the 15 year old showing real talent and advancement in her batting; confident on the front foot and hitting through the line of the ball with intent. . The opening stand between Nicola Brennan and Duthie Jung (49) proved the most fruitful and got their side off to a steady start, the experienced duo showing no sign of nerves and complete maturity at the crease. A sharp run out removed the dangerous Bhagya Herath with minimal damage to the scorecard before HVHS bowlers tightened their grip on the match, no batter outside the top three reaching double figures as HVHS used a total of seven bowlers. Sacred Heart were restricted to 113.
Needing less than a run a ball, the HVHS chase took an immediate set back with the loss of hard hitting batter Kyra Tombs as a simple catch was returned to bowler Meah Le Moray. With both openers removed in quick succession, Natasha Codyre and Dani Brearton set about rebuilding the innings, Year 9 Codyre playing with freedom in her shots as Brearton proved more watchful and provided a steady platform. Herath might have missed out with the bat but she took full effect with the ball claiming both set batters to turn the momentum into Sacred Hearts favour again. The weight of the match fell on Sarah Codyre (older sister of Natasha) shoulders, the number 6 bat decisive in defense and all the time mindful of the modest run rate. As wickets fell, S Codyre stood firm having survived some frantic running between the wickets and took the match into the final over with her side nine down and needing six to win.
To add to an already tense situation, Sacred Heart soon realised their front line bowlers were all bowled out and after a quick discussion, the responsibility was handed to in form all rounder Duthie Jung. It took only three balls, as with S Codyre stranded at the non strikers end, Duthie Jung picked her line-full and straight to the number 11 Billie Bridges, Bridges beaten through the gap as Duthie-Jung sent the ball crashing into the top of middle-and-off. Sacred Heart erupting with joy as they claimed victory by four runs in the tightest of margins.
Hannah Vaughan did an excellent job behind the stumps on a rare day when Sacred Heart missed their lines, a total of 34 extras being gifted to HVHS to keep them on par with the run rate. However Tanmeet Singh was the quiet hero for Sacred Heart, the right arm seamer claiming 3-6 at the top of the innings to build pressure on the HVHS line up. Herath and Le Moray each claimed two wickets a piece, but the timing of which they fell being the important factor.
Sacred Heart the 2016/17 victors in what is sure to be an exciting local derby for years to come as the standard of both colleges continues to improve thanks to the tireless hours and energies of both staff and volunteer coaches.