Betty Codona Classic 2016: Day 1 Recap

Nottingham Wildcats advanced to the Final of the Betty Codona Classic Cup after overcoming a physical encounter with Team Northumbria to take a one-sided 88-58 triumph. Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters set up a repeat of the 2015 Betty Codona Classic after the holders swept aside Barking Abbey Crusaders 81-52 to set up a showdown with Nottingham Wildcats.

In the Plate, Brixton Topcats were the first team to book their place in the Final, after they won an exciting contest 64-58 against Leicester Riders. With Riders opting to rest a host of senior stars, it was left to the young guns to step up and considering more than half of the roster was born on or after 1999, it was a terrific effort and contributed towards a great match-up. Sevenoaks Suns will also step out in the Betty Codona Classic Plate Final on Sunday after they dominated a depleted Cardiff Met Archers 73-50 in a one-sided affair in Sheffield. Suns were firing on all cylinders from the outset against an Archers team missing the likes of Judit Fritz and Sarah Wagstaff.

Results
Cup Semi-Finals
Nottingham Wildcats 88 (27,49, 58) Harris 19, Vackova 18, Stokes 16)
Team Northumbria 58 (16,28,42) (O’Dwyer 13, Voynova 13, Clark 9)

Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters 81 (19,46, 65) (Gayle 16, Lowry 13, Page 12, Lowenthal 12)
Barking Abbey Crusaders 52 (17,21,38) (Willis 13, Brantlova 13, Naydenova-Goryanova 9)

Plate Semi-Finals
Brixton Topcats 64 (15,31, 54) (Grant 17, Da Silva 13, Robinson 10)
Leicester Riders 58 (27,29,47) (Chaloner 11, Swindells 11, Hofman 11)

Cardiff Met Archers 50 (12,22, 32) (Shanahan 22, Lemoigne 7, Collins 7)
Sevenoaks Suns 73 (19,43,57) (Royo Torres 23, Carr 19, Clarke 9)

Source: WBBL
Image: P.Davies