Hosts thrash Ash and up An­sty

Gill Bon­ham car­ries her bat with fight­ing 33 but it’s an­other painful South­ern League de­feat

Staines Informer - - SPORT - Cricket

ASH­FORD were un­done again in their trou­bled Women’s South­ern League Cham­pi­onship cam­paign, this time by 126 runs at An­sty in Sus­sex.

County fix­tures sched­uled for the week­end should have left both sides with­out their top play­ers, but while Ash­ford’s Rhi­anna Southby was on Sur­rey duty, a wa­ter­logged pitch meant An­sty’s Sus­sex con­tin­gent were able to con­trib­ute to their win.

Bat­ting first, the home side got off to a steady start, and had al­most 50 on the board be­fore Yolandi Maynier made the break­through for Ash­ford.

A good catch from Gill Bon­ham gave El­iz­a­beth Hack­ney the next wicket, then Maynier struck again, div­ing to her left to take a quite bril­liant one-handed catch off her own bowl­ing.

Ellen Burt, came to the crease with her side on 74-3, and kept the score­board mov­ing at about four an over.

She of­fered a cou­ple of dif­fi­cult chances early in her in­nings, Maynier un­able to cling on to an­other caugh­tand-bowled chance and Hack­ney get­ting a hand to the se­cond, do­ing well to stop a bound­ary.

Ash­ford bowled well, and worked hard in the field, Jenny Tip­pell, Sarah Tay­lor, Ang­harad Purser and Tan Mustafa cov­er­ing a lot of ground, mak­ing up for their side field­ing only 10 play­ers.

An­other wicket, this time for Tip­pell, kept Ash­ford in the game, but Burt be­gan to hit out, and with sup­port from Natasha Sole, the runs be­gan to come more quickly.

They had added more than 70 to­gether when Sole hit Ang­harad Purser to square leg, where Ali­son McCreedy took the catch. Purser struck again in the same over to take the sixth An­sty wicket, but with seven overs left, Burt was in charge, strik­ing bound­aries al­most at will.

Her part­ners found the go­ing more dif­fi­cult, Han­nah Mer­chant’s fi­nal spell bring­ing her two well-de­served wick­ets, in­clud­ing a catch by Tip­pell, but Burt had an an­swer to ev­ery­thing Ash­ford could throw at her, and fin­ished un­beaten on an im­pres­sive 113, which in­cluded 16 fours. Know­ing they needed what would be a new club record to­tal of 237 to win the match, and miss­ing sev­eral key bats, Ash­ford were un­der pres­sure from the start.

Han­nah Mer­chant fell to a su­perb catch by Burt with the score on only four.

Skip­per Katie But­ler came in to steady things, and with Bon­ham, played watch­fully, pun­ish­ing any loose de­liv­er­ies, and of­fer­ing sound de­fence against the rest.

The score had reached 49 when But­ler chopped a ball on to her stumps for 21, which brought Tip­pell to the crease.

Af­ter a care­ful start, she was soon find­ing the bound­ary with some pow­er­ful shots, and her 20 runs added some im­pe­tus to the in­nings.

Ang­harad Purser was next in, and again was not afraid to play some shots, with Bon­ham tak­ing the score to al­most 100.

With thoughts of win­ning long past, Ash­ford’s fo­cus was on bat­ting out their 45 overs, and deny­ing An­sty as many bowl­ing points as pos­si­ble. They made it with the loss of only five wick­ets, Bon­ham car­ry­ing her bat for a marathon in­nings when her team needed her, fin­ish­ing on 33, but hav­ing guided her side through to thwart An­sty’s hopes of max­i­mum points from the game.

Pic­ture: Ali­son McCreedy Pic­ture: Ali­son McCreedy.

Bon­ham: De­fi­ant with the bat for her team.

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