A fighting 70 by Losi Harford and a disciplined bowling performance led by skipper Paula Gruber led Central West to the first Wome’s one day title of the season and victory in the Prichard Cup.
Batting first at Cornwall Park, Central West’s innings revolved around Harford as the former Wellington Blaze player showed all the skill and experience that she brings to the side.
The Cornwall bowling attack kept the Central West batters honest, grabbing wickets at crucial times which slowed the innings momentum.
In the end Central West would have been happy with their total of 177 but perhaps felt they might have needed twenty runs more. That looked necessary as Sarah Hopkins and Michelle Lynch got off to a bright start in reply for Cornwall but the loss of two quick wickets brought Central West back into the game.
They then picked up the crucial wicket of Hearts player Katie Perkins to a sharp catch in the gully and continued to keep the wickets tumbling.
Things looked dire for Cornwall at 80/7 but Rosie Cox and Imogen Temm batted sensibly and with real confidence to give them some real hope and bring them within 30 runs of victory.
However when Cox was dismissed the end came quickly and Central West claimed the win and with it retained the trophy they won against the same opposition last season.