Wilt­shire crushed by women

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GLOUCES­TER­SHIRE Women bounced back from de­feat in their last game with a dom­i­nant 10 wicket win over Wilt­shire.

The home seam at­tack of Mol­lie Robbins (3-19), He­len Cut­ler (4-12) and Cerys King (3-9) blew the vis­i­tors away, bowl­ing them out for 68 in 31 overs.

Skipper Alice Hill and fel­low opener Chloe Skel­ton made short work of the chase, reach­ing a re­vised tar­get of 63 – due to rain – in the 15th over.

The win puts Glouces­ter­shire into sec­ond place in their ECB County Cham­pi­onship Group af­ter three matches.

Af­ter win­ning the toss, Glouces­ter­shire got off to a great start when Robbins re­moved op­po­si­tion cap­tain Lucy Wood with­out scor­ing to make it 5-1.

The Wilts top or­der found runs dif­fi­cult to come by in the face of a dis­ci­plined start by the home at­tack. But their dogged de­ter­mi­na­tion was un­done by Cut­ler who took four of the next five wick­ets to fin­ish with a county best of 4-12 from seven overs.

From 19-1 Wilts col­lapsed to 47-9 as the re­turn­ing Robbins made fur­ther in­roads sup­ported by King.

Glouces­ter­shire were held up by a gutsy last wicket stand of 21 be­fore King bowled Daisy Bar­row to record her best se­nior county fig­ures of 3-9 from six overs.

A Glouces­ter­shire vic­tory never looked in doubt as Hill and Skel­ton calmly ac­cu­mu­lated the 63 runs needed in­side 15 overs.

They brought their 50 part­ner­ship up off 70 balls, fin­ish­ing with 20 and 24 re­spec­tively.

Next up are Buck­ing­hamshire at Marsh­field this Sun­day (May 26). The match starts at 11am.

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