Knox and Knight see county past their rivals
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.