Cheltenham make the trip to Langford early on a chilly but dry May Saturday morning.
Captain Grace lost the toss and Langford opted to have a bat first. Eloise and Beth opened up the bowling slightly erratically and Langford got off to a brisk start. Beth pulled things back in the 4th over claiming the wickets of both openers (bowling no1 and trapping no2 LBW). Pippa and Lily continued in the same manner with some variable bowling but both picked up a wicket leaving Langford on 48 for 4 after 7 overs. These wickets were to be crucial in slowing the run rate. Annie-May bowled her first couple of overs ever in a match and did herself and the team proud. Sophie bowled with good control. In the last 6 overs Cheltenham really pegged Langford back. Beth added another wicket to her tally as well as a catch and Sanjana picked up 2 wickets (one bowled and one caught by Pippa) for 6 from 3 overs. Grace and Eloise kept things tight as well to ensure the last 6 overs remarkably only went for 10 runs and Cheltenham had managed to keep Langford in double figures when they had threatened to take the game out of reach. Extras top scored with 41 which was the only concerning bit about an otherwise splendid effort.
Overhauling 98 looked well within Cheltenhams capabilities however the batting card does not make for good reading. Wickets tumbled as frequently as a (insert something that happens very frequently here). Beth coming in at no3 in the second over literally held our innings together, riding her luck at times amid some fantastic shots both sides of the wicket. There were only two double figure partnerships in our innings, which featured Beth and our two players batting for the first time in a match. Helen and Beth put on 11 and Annie-May and Beth put on a fantastic 29 for the final wicket to drag our score kicking and screaming up to 66 when it looked like we would be dismissed well under 50. Beth finished unbeaten on 32 from 38 balls including four 4's Surely a woman of the match performance along with her 3 wickets if we did such a thing. Take a bow.
We were beaten by 32 runs and take away plenty to work on but with our heads held high. Onwards and upwards we go.