Knox and Knight see county past their ri­vals

Gloucestershire Echo - - CRICKET -

GLOUCES­TER­SHIRE’S Un­der 15 Girls got their County Cham­pi­onship sea­son off to a great start af­ter grind­ing out a two-wicket win against lo­cal ri­vals Som­er­set.

Lily Knox (Fren­chay) put in a fine all­round per­for­mance, with 1-6 from five overs, a run out and top scor­ing with a ma­ture 22 not out as the side chased down their tar­get of 83 in the 32nd over.

With her side fal­ter­ing on 47-8 she shared in a part­ner­ship of 26 with Tosca Knight (Lech­lade).

Glouces­ter­shire had Som­er­set un­der pres­sure from the start through open­ing bowlers Knox and Lot­tie Gilder­son (Dum­ble­ton).

Both bowled miserly spells and picked up a wicket each as the vis­i­tors slipped to 16-2 be­fore a run out by Molly Bro­phy (Marsh­field) made it 25-3.

Som­er­set re­built through a coun­ter­at­tack­ing 48 run part­ner­ship be­tween skipper Jess Hazell (21 off 16) and Phillipa Letch­ford (20 from 20).

Glouces­ter­shire turned to spin and the move paid off as cap­tain Bea El­lis (Charl­ton Kings) trapped Letch­ford LBW to make it 73-4.

This sparked a col­lapse which saw Som­er­set lose their last seven wick­ets for nine runs. El­lis (3-6) took her sec­ond wicket in three balls to re­move Gel­ston for a duck be­fore fel­low spin­ner Is­abel Carey (1-17) (Fren­chay) got rid of the dan­ger­ous Hazell.

Run outs by Knox and Alexan­dra Tay­lor (Marsh­field) and an­other wicket for El­lis made it 78-9 be­fore Gilder­son (2-10) re­turned to grab the fi­nal wicket with the score on 82.

Glouces­ter­shire went into their in­nings in con­fi­dent mood but had to endure a num­ber of scares.

Hav­ing reached 17-0 they lost both open­ers with­out adding to the score. They bat­tled back to 34-2 but a mini col­lapse left them reel­ing on 36-6.

Knox looked de­ter­mined to drag her side over the line but she was left fac­ing a huge task when Glos fell to 46-8 af­ter los­ing two wick­ets in three balls.

Som­er­set sensed that vic­tory was all but theirs but they reck­oned with­out a stub­born part­ner­ship of 26 from Knox and Knight.

Knox scored 22* from 56 balls while wick­et­keeper Knight held up her end with a de­fi­ant seven not out from 45 balls to take their team to vic­tory.

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