Girls edged out in re­gional semi-fi­nal

Gloucestershire Echo - - SPORT -

GLOUCES­TER­SHIRE’S Un­der 17 women were edged out by Devon in a hard fought re­gional T20 semi fi­nal.

Bat­ting first Glos posted 133-6, thanks in large part to a 105 run open­ing stand be­tween Chloe Skel­ton (Corse and Staunton) and Ab­bie Why­brow (Dum­ble­ton).

The pair bat­ted beau­ti­fully with Skel­ton mak­ing 44 from 58 balls and Why­brow smash­ing 42 from 40 with five fours and a six.

In re­ply Glos made an early break­through as Tosca Knight (Lech­lade) ran out Daisy Mead­owcroft be­fore a run had been scored but the vis­i­tors bat­tled back with a sec­ond wicket stand of 64 be­tween Emma Cor­ney and Re­becca Hal­l­i­day.

Bea El­lis (Charl­ton Kings) got the break­through when she had Hal­l­i­day stumped by Why­brow for 32.

And when fel­low spin­ner Skel­ton made it 67-3 by bowl­ing Olivia Churcher the mo­men­tum swung Glos’ way but Devon showed ad­mirable re­silience and se­cured vic­tory with 11 balls to spare.

Hal­l­i­day fin­ished un­beaten on 61 and Maddie Ho­lifield made a run-a-ball 27.

But the girls re­main on course to fin­ish as run­ners-up in their 50 over Cham­pi­onship group fol­low­ing an im­pres­sive win over Som­er­set.

Bat­ting first Glos made 196-4, as opener Skel­ton led the way with 68 from 96 balls.

She re­ceived good support from Isabel Carey (Fren­chay) who fin­ished un­beaten on 48 and El­lis also added a brisk 28 late on. In re­ply, skip­per Maisie Hunkin (Fren­chay) put her side on the front foot with two LBWS in quick suc­ces­sion to re­duce Som­er­set to 23-2.

Hunkin was also in­volved in the third wicket, this time taking the catch as He­len Cut­ler (Claver­ham) ended a stand of 46 when she removed In­dia Rose Owen for 36.

Ni­amh Hol­land (35) and Jess Hazell (30 from 31) added 65 for the fourth wicket but the wicket of Hazell – stumped by Knight off Skel­ton changed the course of the match.

Knight ran out Scantle­bury for two and the key wicket of Hol­land fol­lowed soon af­ter as the re­turn­ing Hunkin (3-45) picked up her third wicket to make it 137-6.

Som­er­set bat­tled bravely but an­other Knight run out and a sec­ond wicket for Cut­ler (2-23) put the brakes on and en­sured Glos ran out win­ners by 20 runs.

Maisie Hunkin

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