Women fin­ish with dou­ble win

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» GLOUCES­TER­SHIRE Women fin­ished their T20 cam­paign on a high af­ter de­feat­ing Corn­wall and Dorset at Dum­ble­ton.

Glouces­ter­shire be­gan the day by ex­act­ing revenge against a Cor­nish side who had beaten them a week ear­lier.

Af­ter be­ing put into bat, the home side were re­duced to 13-2 but gained a foothold in the game thanks to a part­ner­ship of 50 be­tween skip­per Al­ice Hill and wick­et­keeper Ab­bie Why­brow.

Hill bat­ted pa­tiently for a re­silient 22 from 43 balls while the flu­ent Why­brow took on the role of ag­gres­sor, adding 30 by the time her part­ner was bowled by Rebecca Odgers (2-21) to end their stand.

When the same bowler dis­missed Why­brow for 37 (from 48 balls) to make it 74-4 Glouces­ter­shire had work to do.

But they ended the in­nings in style with 18 from nine balls from Mol­lie Rob­bins to fin­ish on 95-5.

In re­ply Glouces­ter­shire got off to a per­fect start as Sidra Khan trapped Ber­nadette Forge leg be­fore to make it 3-1.

Rob­bins then re­moved Odgers in the same man­ner to leave Corn­wall strug­gling on 12-2 and she was un­lucky not to strike again as she sent down a su­perb open­ing spell of four overs for six runs.

Caitlin Bur­nett and Joleigh Roberts added 20 for the third wicket be­fore leg spin­ner Bea El­lis (2-17) turned the game in Glouces­ter­shire’s favour with two quick wickets.

He­len Cut­ler (1-13) got in on the act to re­move So­phie Richards and the Cor­nish were up against it on 40-5.

But with Bur­nett (28) still at the crease the game wasn’t over as the opener put on 26 with Char­lotte Phillips (11) for the sixth wicket.

A run out from Cerys King re­moved Bur­nett and when Hill (1-20) dis­missed Phillips to make it 71-7 the match looked to have swung back Glouces­ter­shire’s away.

The re­turn­ing Khan then picked up her se­cond wicket to leave Corn­wall need­ing 21 with two wickets left.

Once again the vis­i­tors fought back and de­spite an­other wicket for Khan (3-28) they kept go­ing un­til the end, fall­ing five runs short.

The vic­tory was Glouces­ter­shire’s se­cond of the T20 com­pe­ti­tion and was quickly fol­lowed by their third against a de­pleted Dorset.

Glouces­ter­shire made 128-8, with Chloe Skel­ton (27), Why­brow (20) and Is­abel Carey (20) con­tribut­ing against a team with just eight play­ers.

In re­sponse, Hill took 3-7 as Glouces­ter­shire bowled their op­po­nents out for 34.

The two wins mean Glouces­ter­shire fin­ish in fourth place in their group.

Cut­ler, 17, fin­ished as the third high­est wicket taker in the group with nine at an av­er­age of 8.78 in her se­cond sea­son of se­nior county cricket.

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