Top Tip­pell but Ashford scotched for just 49

Staines Informer - - SPORT - Cricket

STRUG­GLING Ashford’s first sea­son in the Women’s South­ern League Cham­pi­onship reached its low­est point so far, as they suf­fered one of their heav­i­est ever de­feats, to Brighton & Hove.

They were ham­mered by 10 wick­ets, hav­ing been skit­tled for 49, with Jenny Tip­pell top-scor­ing with just eight.

Put into bat in damp con­di­tions, Ashford strug­gled from the start, with no­body able to get to grips with the bowl­ing.

Tip­pell seemed to of­fer some hope, hit­ting two con­sec­u­tive fours over the in­field, but the next ball found her stumps.

Al­though the team knew the im­por­tance of bat­ting their full al­lo­ca­tion of 45 overs, the pres­sure of not scor­ing be­gan to af­fect their per­for­mance, and a cou­ple of run-outs only added to the prob­lems.

With seven wick­ets down in the 13th over, it looked un­likely they would make it to the drinks break but some stub­born re­sis­tance from the lower or­der got them into the 24th over, the score fi­nally creep­ing up to 49.

It must have been tempt­ing for Brighton & Hove to try to fin­ish off the game in quick time, but they, too, found scor­ing dif­fi­cult, and gave watch­ful re­spect to Ashford’s at­tack.

Ashford bowled with no luck at all, Tip­pell and Han­nah Mer­chant es­pe­cially look­ing threat­en­ing, but de­spite their best ef­forts, the vis­i­tors eased past their tar­get in just the 18th over.

This week­end Ashford must travel to top Sus­sex side An­sty, where they need to dis­cover more con­fi­dence with the bat.

They know that their bowlers are up to the task, if the bats can only give them enough runs to work with.

Tip­pell: Eight runs was top score for her team.

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