Sea­son com­ing to a grim end for Ash­ford

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IN THE first match of the sea­son to be af­fected by the weather, Ash­ford ladies lost out to Brighton & Hove on run rate in the South­ern League Cham­pi­onship.

The vis­i­tors bat­ted well, Amanda Sturmer’s pa­tient 67 set­ting the foun­da­tion for their in­nings, and al­low­ing the mid­dle order to play their shots.

Ash­ford’s bowlers mixed for­tunes.

There were far too many ex­tras con­ceded, not helped by some un­tidy field­ing at times, but Dani Gre­gory and El­iz­a­beth Hack­ney bowled ex­cel­lent spells, each giv­ing away fewer than three runs per over.

Hack­ney beat the bat sev­eral times, and was fi­nally re­warded with Sturmer’s wicket from her last de­liv­ery, a dif­fi­cult catch well taken by Sarah Tay­lor.

Gre­gory, how­ever, was the most threat­en­ing, and was un­lucky to claim just two wick­ets with her leg spin, some de­liv­er­ies just too good to get a bat on.

With a strong bat­ting lineup, Ash­ford were con­fi­dent they could chase down the 200 needed for vic­tory, but the loss of their top four be­fore the score had reached 60 left some re­build­ing to be done, had while the re­quired run rate steadily in­creased.

Molly Sel­lars looked in good form, and had reached 15 play­ing in steady driz­zle be­fore the

Dani Gre­gory in ac­tion for Ash­ford

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