Frenchay Flames retain U15 Girls Blast title – report & gallery

Frenchay Under 15s retained their Gloucestershire Girls Blast title after going through finals day unbeaten.

On a scorching hot day at Frenchay CC, the Flames pipped Charlton Kings to top spot, to secure a second consecutive final win.

The round robin event kicked off with Frenchay taking on Charlton Kings and Dumbleton playing Frampton-On-Severn.

Bowling first the eventual champions restricted Charlton Kings to 89-5 from their 16 overs. Wickets were shared around with Lily Knox (1-16), Sarah Walsh (1-11 and a run out), Natasha Pinder (1-5) and Rachel Le Poidevin (1-9) all contributing. Esme Sullivan (19 not out) top scored for Charlton Kings as she shared important partnerships with Anya Ainsley-Bridger (16) and Maddie Davis (11*).

In reply opener Isobel Carey led from the front with 36 before she had to retire. Ainsley-Bridger took 2-2 to disrupt the Frenchay run chase but they reached their target without any further mishap in the 14th over.

Dumbleton made a dominant started to the day with a 62 run win over Frampton-on-Severn. Emily Hopkins (35) and Lottie Gilderson (46) set up the win with an excellent second wicket partnership before both having to retire. In pursuit of a daunting total of 134 to win Frampton lost two early wickets as Gilderson claimed 2-8 from her opening burst. Ruby Hyde made 19 but with no one else able to make more than 11 they finished on 71-7.

Gilderson continued her good form in the Frenchay v Dumbleton match, scoring 40 not out as her side posted 106-5 from their 16 overs. But Flames openers Carey and Knox made light work of the run chase, both scoring 36 before retiring. Frenchay wrapped up the win in the ninth over.

Charlton Kings beat Frampton-On-Severn in the other second round match to leave three teams in the hunt going into the final matches. But having lost both games, Frampton conceded their match to Frenchay without taking the field which handed the Flames the title.

This left Charlton Kings and Dumbleton to battle it out for the runners-up spot in a reduced 10 overs-a-side match.

Batting first, Charlton Kings blasted 91 without losing a wicket as captain Betsy Mangan (45*) and Ainsley-Bridger (32*) put on the biggest partnership of the day.

In reply Dumbleton made 81-4 with Gilderson completing a superb day with the bat by top scoring with 37. Maisie Carpenter was the pick of the Charlton Kings bowlers with 2-15 as they secured second place.

Huge thanks to Matt Hunkin for his fabulous photos from the day.Β  For more of his work follow m.hunkin on flickr.