On a glorious evening at Poulton, Captain Jen won the toss and put Poulton in to bat.
Despite mixing up our bowling attack the Poulton batters played good attacking cricket and we had to wait until the 12th over to get our first breakthrough, Jen running out the no2 for 13 with the score on 67. The free-scoring no1 retired on passing a very well made half century (51 from 43 balls). Jen was then back in the action, bowling the no3 for 8. Poulton were 87-2 after 13 overs and despite some testing bowling from Cheltenham we were unable to make any more headway in the wickets column. Poulton powered their way to 148 from 20 overs leaving Cheltenham with a very tough chase to contemplate. On the plus side we had reduced our extras to 21 - half the amount we conceded in our last game.
Liv and Grace opened the batting and made a solid start before Liv suffered a lapse in concentration and was bowled for 9 in the 4th over. Jen suffered the same fate 2 balls later. Millie B was caught from the same bowler a couple of overs later and Cheltenham were rather up against it at 21 for 3 after 6 overs. Grace and Hannah rebuilt well, and demonstrated some good running between the wickets. They had a partnership of 33 for the 4th wicket until Hannah was caught behind for 8. Eloise then combined well with Grace in a 26 run partnership. With a total of 100 just about in sight going into the last couple of overs we were rather scuppered by a wicket maiden which saw Eloise bowled for 7. In an eventful final over Lily and Helen fell for ducks and Leia smashed her first ball to mid off to get her first run and give Grace the strike for the final ball. Grace had batted well throughout the innings with some lovely shots, many finding fielders but 5 times finding the rope. She had a go at the last ball and perished caught behind for a patient but crucial 37. So Cheltenham finish on 88 for 8 from their 20 overs (losing by 60 runs), however far from disgracing themselves against a good side. The telling stat at the end of the day is 19 boundaries for Poulton and only 6 for Cheltenham. Onwards and upwards.