Girls edged out in regional semi-final
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.