It’s tough at the top

Life in the Cham­pi­onship is prov­ing dif­fi­cult as Ash­ford Ladies are edged out again

Staines Informer - - SPORT - Cricket

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.

Pic­ture: Ali­son McCreedy.

Six of the best: Rhi­anna Southby hits one over the ropes for Ash­ford against Guild­ford.

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