Hill spins Un­der-17s to a com­pre­hen­sive win

Gloucestershire Echo - - CRICKET -

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.

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Alice Hill

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