First wins for Pride and Palatinates, Hatters edge thriller on busy Saturday

There were no fewer than five WBBL Championship match-ups on Saturday and it was Caledonia Pride and Durham Palatinates who made the headlines as they got off the mark.

Pride picked up a nice 69-75 success at BA London Lions as Tia Weledji had a debut to remember with 28 points.

Durham also had a long trip but made the journey home more palatable as they beat Essex Rebels 80-91 behind a massive double-double of 32 points and 13 rebounds from Monika Bosili.

There was an absorbing game at Sport Central as Newcastle Eagles hosted their first ever WBBL game, but home fans had to stomach a narrow loss as Ali Gorrell starred on her old home court with an all-action 24 points, 9 boards, 8 asissts and 7 steals for Hatters in a 73-78 triumph.

Reigning champions Sevenoaks Suns had little difficulty in taking down Leicester Riders 85-49 on home soil as they swept aside last year’s arch rivals, in what was the visitors first outing of the season.

Meanwhile earlier in the day, Manchester Mystics came away from Cardiff with a satisfying 67-84 victory against Archers as Georgia Jones racked up 20 points.