It’s tough at the top
Life in the Championship is proving difficult as Ashford Ladies are edged out again
THE higher-level Southern League Championship is proving a frustration for newly-promoted Ashford Ladies, as once again they weren’t able to close out a game they seemed to be in control of.
Batting first on a glorious afternoon against Guildford, they made a slow start, but Rhianna Southby and Becky Halls played themselves in, and Southby was soon taking advantage of a short boundary, smashing three sixes on her way to 47 off only 55 balls.
Halls was joined by Katie Butler and the two added another 54 before Butler fell for 32.
Halls was out soon after for 37, with her side on 137, and Ashford looked to be on the way to a good score, but the middle order faltered, with no one able to reach double figures.
Dani Gregory and Molly Sellars led a recovery, Gregory in particular attacking the bowling, finding the boundary with ease, to get them to a respectable 182.
Ashford’s attack didn’t take long to strike and at 25-3 Guildford looked in trouble. They began to rally, however, led by Katy Robinson, and the bowlers began to run out of ideas.
Supported by her skipper, Katherine Robson, Robinson kept playing her shots and by the time Robson was out, the required run-rate was down to a manageable level. Robinson was able to guide her side safely home with five wickets to spare, finishing unbeaten on 82.
A break from league action for a week will give Ashford a chance to regroup and having so far played five away matches, they will be looking forward to returning to Short Lane and showing the form they are capable of.
Six of the best: Rhianna Southby hits one over the ropes for Ashford against Guildford.