CHARLOTTE Phillips produced two outstanding bowling displays as Gloucestershire Women completed a notable T20 double triumph over local rivals Somerset at Corse & Staunton.
The off-spinner captured 3-14 from four overs in the first game as Somerset were made to battle all the way to a total of 70-7 ahead of Naomi Forecast (15 not) ensuring a seven-wicket success with more than four overs to spare.
Charlotte then improved those figures with a return of 3-9, again from four, to ensure Gloucestershire also won the second clash, this time by 21 runs.
Charlotte, incidentally, had almost identical brilliant caught-and-bowled wickets in each game, on both occasions holding on to balls that were hit back hard but held at full reach above her head!
The home side powered their way to an imposing 137-7 in the second game thanks to a terrific 57 from Abbie Whybrow who hit eight fours and a six off only 39 balls.
Somerset’s reply got off to a solid start before Charlotte was introduced into the attack with immediate effect.
Gloucestershire under-15 girls, meanwhile, won one and lost one in their double header against Wiltshire at Marshfield.
Captain Isobel Patel led from the front in a five-run triumph, top scoring on 68 from 65 (ten fours and a six) whilst Aimee Aikenhead hit 20 before Wiltshire came up just short thanks to the efforts of Rachel Le Poidevin (3-10 from two) and Amber Carter (2-14 from four).
Isabel Richards, meanwhile, captured 3-14 while Greer Barnes also impressed with a spell of 2-10, both from four, as Wiltshire reached 95-9 in the other game ahead of Gloucestershire being dismissed for 81, Isobel Patel top scoring on 15.
Gloucestershire Girls under-13s completed a seven-wicket victory away to Wales, Josie Wong taking 2-8, while the visitors were 31-1 after eight overs in a second game when rain forced play to be abandoned.
September, meanwhile, is Women’s Big Cricket Month – an ECB initiative which aims to showcase stories in the women’s game.
It also focuses on the Rachel Heyhoe Flint Trophy, a 50-over competition featuring eight sides, as part of a drive to encourage more women and girls to play, watch or attend cricket over the next 12 months.
As well as events throughout September, the month will culminate in a profile weekend on September 26 and 27 with a match involving the England women’s team set to be shown live on free-to-air television for the first time since 1993 – while the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy final will be televised on the Sunday by Sky Sports.
For more information on the initiative, visit: https://tinyurl.com/yyc6t69h