Hill spins Under-17s to a comprehensive win
Gloucestershire Under 17 Women moved into second place in their ECB County Championship division with comprehensive six wicket victories over Wales and Somerset.
Against Wales, Alice Hill (Charlton Kings) instigated a collapse that saw the visitors slip from 45-1 to 96 all out.
The offspinner broke the opening stand of 45 by removing Seren Hughes (9) and went on to take 4-13 in eight miserly overs.
Hill took three of the first four wickets to fall including that of the dangerous Alexandra Griffiths who made 40 from 45 balls.
Griffiths, who fell with the score on 61, proved the key wicket of the day as no one else was able to reach double figures.
Seamers Helen Cutler (1-12) (Claverham) and Alice Mundy (2-10) (Fairford) proved effective foils for Hill and there were also wickets for Chloe Skelton (Newent) who took 2-5 to help clean up the tail.
In reply Gloucestershire were wobbling at 25-2 and 38-3 but Hill completed a fine all-round performance by holding the innings together with a steady 33 not out.
She shared in a 34 run partnership with Abbie Whybrow (23) (Dumbleton) before combining with Zoe Dibble (12 not out) (Corse and Staunton) to see Gloucestershire to a comfortable win in the 29th over.
The Under 17s followed up the victory with a similarly emphatic success over Somerset.
Hill was in the thick of the action again, opening the bowling and taking 3-12 as the visitors were bowled out for 76.
Legspinner Bea Ellis (Charlton Kings) picked up 3-15 and Cutler took 2-15 as the last seven wickets fell for 34.
Chasing 77 to win Gloucestershire were in trouble at 2-2 with both openers back in the pavilion but a partnership of 55 between Skelton (34) and Lucia Carini-roberts (24 not out) (Aston Ingham) steadied the ship and put the home side back on course.
Skelton departed with 20 still needed but Carini-roberts held her nerve. Gloucestershire lost another wicket before reaching their target but completed a second six wicket win of the week in the 31st over.