Lauren Winfield hits brilliant ton as Loughborough retain title

27 June, 2012
Lauren Winfield played the “innings of her life” as Loughborough University won the BUCS Cricket Women’s Championship for the ninth time in the last 10 years. 
The opener, who was playing with a broken finger, hit a magnificent 104 to help Loughborough clinch a dramatic win over Durham off the penultimate ball in a match reduced to 35 overs because of bad weather at the Lord’s nursery ground last Friday. 
Chasing 185 to win after Durham posted 184-4, Winfield kept her cool after losing opening partner Anna Swan early on to see Loughborough to within sight of the winning post. 
Lauren, who was named player of the match, was run out in the final over and although Loughborough lost another wicket they got the three runs needed off that over to win, thanks to a leg bye. 
They finished on 185-4 .
Loughborough performance manager Salliann Briggs said Lauren had put herself on the radar of the England Academy. 
She said: “Lauren played the innings of her life, which to me says she is ready to move on and play a better standard of cricket. 
“She is on the verge of being selected for the England Academy. She just needed to get over the mental barrier of playing for a long time. 
“I don’t think I have ever seen her bat so well, and she had a broken finger. 
“We don’t normally have a long tail but because we were missing five England players we didn’t have that depth so she took the responsibility. 
“She paced herself, rotated the strike and hit the bad ball. She took us to the finish line.” 
Durham, who were put in to bat, got off to a great start thanks to their openers, Helena Stolle (70) and Cecily Scutt (58), who took advantage of some wayward bowling to put on 149 for the first wicket. 
But medium pacer Dani Peart (3-30) stopped their momentum by taking three wickets in the 28th over and wicket-keeper Sophie Cawley took off her pads and took the other wicket to fall with her off spin. 
Giselle Ainsley and Cawley saw Loughborough home. 
Salliann said: “It was a fantastic final. We took it to the final over and it was touch and go, especially as two wickets fell. 
“To win off the second to last ball was amazing. It was neck and neck all game, it really was. 
"The girls ran on the field, it was that emotional. Anna Swan and Stacey Miles have graduated so to win at Lord’s in the final game… you could not ask for anything better.  Especially as the presentation was made in the Long Room.”