Top Tippell but Ashford scotched for just 49
STRUGGLING Ashford’s first season in the Women’s Southern League Championship reached its lowest point so far, as they suffered one of their heaviest ever defeats, to Brighton & Hove.
They were hammered by 10 wickets, having been skittled for 49, with Jenny Tippell top-scoring with just eight.
Put into bat in damp conditions, Ashford struggled from the start, with nobody able to get to grips with the bowling.
Tippell seemed to offer some hope, hitting two consecutive fours over the infield, but the next ball found her stumps.
Although the team knew the importance of batting their full allocation of 45 overs, the pressure of not scoring began to affect their performance, and a couple of run-outs only added to the problems.
With seven wickets down in the 13th over, it looked unlikely they would make it to the drinks break but some stubborn resistance from the lower order got them into the 24th over, the score finally creeping up to 49.
It must have been tempting for Brighton & Hove to try to finish off the game in quick time, but they, too, found scoring difficult, and gave watchful respect to Ashford’s attack.
Ashford bowled with no luck at all, Tippell and Hannah Merchant especially looking threatening, but despite their best efforts, the visitors eased past their target in just the 18th over.
This weekend Ashford must travel to top Sussex side Ansty, where they need to discover more confidence with the bat.
They know that their bowlers are up to the task, if the bats can only give them enough runs to work with.
Tippell: Eight runs was top score for her team.