Happy to be playing a match at home Cheltenham Ladies won the toss and chose to bat against what was a strong bowling attack. Sadly that bowling capability quickly made an impact with our, almost always consistent scorer of runs and, opener Grace being caught out for 0. Hannah then came into bat and having successful blocked a number of quick straight deliveries soon followed back to the club house when bowled. In the meantime Beth went on the attack, scoring a 4 off her first ball and following up not long after with two further 4’s, top scoring at 12 before edging behind. Eloise batted well, again having to defend a lot of straight balls, scoring a couple of runs before she too was caught.
Lily and Helen worked hard to defend yet more accurate bowling, getting bat to ball but not managing to convert into many runs, Lily was caught behind for 0, with their wicket keeper securing her 2nd catch of the match, and Helen was bowled for 2. Annie and Leia, despite their stoic defence, soon succumbed, Annie was caught and bowled and Leia caught. That left Diana and Millie Dunne, Diana survived for the 3rd highest number of balls bowled before she was bowled out for 1.
Cheltenham Ladies batting was dominated by too many wickets being lost to catches, with a final score of just 26.
So with a small score to defend, tight bowling and fielding was key for Cheltenham and that is what was delivered. Grace’s first over saw 2 tough catching opportunities go down with just one run scored off the over, and the opposition realised this was not going to be easy for them! Eloise at the other end bowled straight but with the best batter it was not easy to keep the runs down. Grace’s 2nd over went for just 3 runs thanks to some sharp fielding, but all too soon by the 5th over the match was lost, with a hard hitting opener scoring a number of big 4’s.
As ever Cheltenham Ladies fought hard and never gave up, they are a credit to the club.
(Photo are the railings at Stowell Park CC)