Gloucestershire Under 17 Girls v Wales Under 17 (at Pontarddulais CC), July 8
- ECB Women’s Under 17 County Championship A Division – Group 4
- Gloucestershire 210-7 all out (45 overs)
- Wales U17 64 all out (22.4overs)
- Gloucestershire won by 146 runs
Gloucestershire Under 17 Girls v Somerset Under 17 (at Nailsea CC), July 7
- ECB Women’s Under 17 County Championship A Division – Group 4
- Somerset U17 191 all out (43 overs)
- Gloucestershire 71 all out (27.3 overs)
- Somerset won by 120 runs
Gloucestershire Under 17 Girls bounced back from defeats in their opening two matches to record a resounding 146 run win over Wales in the County Championship.
Danielle Gibson (Dumbleton) struck 88 off 67 balls as the team reaped revenge for their nine run reverse to the same opponents last week.
With the start delayed by 30 minutes due to wet conditions, skipper Mollie Robbins won the toss and much to the surprise of the Welsh decided to have a bat.
Openers Alice Hill (Hatherley and Reddings/Bristol Phoenix) and Molly Thomas (Bristol Phoenix) played resolutely and added 69 before Hill was stumped by Georgia Parfitt off Jessica Thornton for a patient 11.
Thomas followed, bowled by Ella Reed for an excellent 29, with Eve Alder (14) (Cirencester) falling to the same bowler soon after.
When Natasha Wraith (1) (Frenchay) became the second Glos batter to be stumped off Thornton the visitors were wavering at 104-4.
Her dismissal brought Chloe Skelton (Newent) in to join Gibson and a great partnership started to unfold.
Gibson seized the game by the scruff of its neck, playing some great shots to all parts of the ground, while Skelton dug in at the other end, providing great support.
Gibson’s 50 came up off 34 balls and as she continued to dominate the Wales attack a century looked nailed on. But great catch by from Aimee Watson off the bowling of Kelsey Powell brought her excellent innings to an end for 88, a knock that included 13 fours and a six.
The wicket broke a 97 run partnership with Skelton who made 21 before falling late on.
Glos closed on 210-7, setting the Welsh a challenging total to chase down.
In the field the visitors generated a great buzz from ball one and were rewarded straight away as Robbins struck with her second ball, clean bowling Rose Evans for 0.
Having taken five wickets against Somerset the day before, Hill (pictured) was introduced at the start of the innings and she kept the pressure on with a maiden from her first over.
Backed up by great fielding, the opening bowlers continued to chip away at their opponents. Robbins (2-16) picked up another wicket and Hill helped herself to 3-29 as Wales were reduced to 52- 5 with only one player reaching double figures.
Robbins then rang the changes to great effect as the home side lost their last five wickets for just 12 runs.
Debutant Millie Ashford (2-11) (Corse and Staunton), Eva Shoemark (1-3) and Emily Wilson (Bristol Phoenix) (2-1) did the damage to cap a superb team performance.
The win was particularly impressive given the girls’ disappointing 120 run defeat to Somerset the day before.
The home side batted first and were bowled out for 191 in the 43rd over after Alice Hill picked up her first five wicket haul at this level, taking 5-38.
In reply Glos struggled from the start and only Skelton – who made 20 not out on debut – made any meaningful contribution as they were bowled out for 64.
Commenting on the last two matches Glos U17 coach Neil Higginson said: “I am delighted with the way the girls bounced back from a tough defeat against Somerset with a great performance against Wales. They certainly have the talent and ability to beat anyone; all that’s lacking on occasions is the belief and hopefully the confidence of this win can be carried into our next two games this week.”
Gloucestershire Under 14 Boys v Hampshire Under 14 Boys (at Fair Oak CC), July 10
- ECB Royal London Under 14 Group 3
- Hampshire 206 all out (45 overs)
- Gloucestershire 191 all out (43.5 overs)
- Hampshire won by 15 runs
Gloucestershire Under 14s put in a much improved performance but suffered a 15 run defeat to Hampshire in the ECB Royal London competition.
Having won the toss and chosen to bat the home side got off to a flyer, reaching 40-0 before Alfie Lewis (Stapleton) made the breakthrough, bowling Max Watson for 21.
Bowling straight and full, and bringing the stumps into play he picked up two more wickets in quick succession removing the other opener George Metzger (19) and Tom Wallis (2) to make it 57-3.
Glos continued to keep it tight, with Alex Haynes (Cirencester) finding a decent line outside of off stump and making it difficult for the Hants batsmen to get on top.
He was rewarded with the wicket of Jonti Sebborn (9), caught behind by Felix McDermott-Krasker (Charlton Kings) to make it 83-4.
The home side fought back with a fifth-wicket stand of 57 but never got away from the visitors.
Led by Haynes (4-27) Glos took wickets at regular intervals throughout the latter part of the innings to keep Hampshire to a gettable total of 206 that was boosted by 29 extras.
Lewis finished with figures of 4-39 and offspinner Tim Niblett (Hatherley and Reddings) was unlucky to go wicketless as he went for 30 in his nine overs.
In reply, Glos lost Tom Quinlan (8) (Bristol) early, trying to stamp his authority on the innings.
But a good partnership of 63 between Saxon Campbell (8) and Henry Findlay-Wilson (pictured) (Langford/Charlton Kings) got the visitors back on track, with the latter reaching 47 not out by the time Campbell departed with the score on 78.
Findlay-Wilson continued to play with class and fluency, adding 35 with Will Naish (Frocester) before being caught at mid-on for 69 off 67 balls – a knock that included nine fours and a six.
U13 player Naish batted well again and looked to be holding the Glos chase together before he was caught by Watson off Tom South for 36.
Following this dismissal – which made it 149-5 the rate of five an over proved too much for the lower order.
Three run outs contributed to Gloucestershire’s demise as they were eventually bowled out for 191 with seven balls to spare.
Under 14 Team Photo
Back Row L to R: Alex Haynes, Joe Cuthbert, Henry Findlay-Wilson, Alfie Lewis, Saxon Campbell, James Humphries.
Front Row L to R: Felix McDermott-Krasker, Tim Niblett, Will Naish, Tom Quinlan, Josh Riggs
Gloucestershire Under 11 Girls v Herefordshire Under 11 (at Old Down CC), July 10
- Gloucestershire 148-6 (25 overs)
- Herefordshire 58-8 (25 overs)
- Gloucestershire won by 90 runs
Isabel Richards (Hambrook) made the most of her first game back from injury with 2-6 and a quick fire 16 to help Glos to a 90 run win over Herefordshire.
Having won the toss and chosen to bat, Glos had a stuttering start losing three wickets early on.
But some positive hitting from Tosca Knight (14) (Lechlade) and Isobel Patel (31*) (Frenchay) steadied the ship in the middle overs.
The home side made the most of hitting the bad balls when they came around, with all batters looking to be aggressive. Patel and Richards put on an unbeaten partnership of 66 to leave Glos with a respectable 148 for 6 off their 25 overs.
The Herefordshire innings started well for the bowlers with Molly Morris (2-6) (Marshfield) and Ella Noel (2-4) (Brislington) picking up one and two wickets in their first over respectively. At 9-3 off three was always going to be an uphill battle for Herefordshire and it proved that way with all bowlers putting a squeeze on.
Two for Richards and two fantastic run outs left Gloucestershire in a commanding position.
The tight bowling continued with 48 dot balls out of the last 54 bowled as Herefordshire ended 58-8 off their 25 overs.
Gloucestershire Under 15 Girls v Somerset Under 15 (at Nailsea CC), July 10
- ECB Women’s Under 15 County Championship A Division – Group 4
- Gloucestershire 122 all out (32.3 overs)
- Somerset 123-5 (30 overs)
- Somerset won by 5 wickets
Gloucestershire Under 15 suffered a five wicket defeat to local rivals Somerset after being bowled out for 122 at Nailsea.
The visitors chose to bat first and got off to a good start through openers Molly Thomas (22) (Bristol Phoenix) and Maisie Hunkin (18) (Frenchay).
Natasha Wraith (Frenchay) continued their good work with 45 off 58 balls but no other player contributing more than eight, Glos slipped to 122 all out in the 33rd over.
In pursuit of their target Somerset lost five wickets, two to Hunkin (2-22), two to run outs, one to Danielle Gibson (1-24) (Dumbleton) but the result never really looked in doubt.
Gloucestershire Under 13 Girls v Wales Under 13 (at St Fagans CC), July 8
- ECB Women’s Under 13 County Championship A Division – Group 4
- Wales 203-5 (35 overs)
- Gloucestershire 158-9 (35 overs)
- Wales won by 145 runs
Gloucestershire Under 13 Girls fell to a 145 run defeat against Wales after the home side’s Sophia Thomas made 105 off 89 balls.
Zoe Dibble (Apperley) topscored with 32 in reply but Glos fell well short of their target.