Devon Women v Gloucestershire Women (at North Devon CC), April 9
- Gloucestershire 106 all out (27.3 overs)
- Devon 108-4 (27.5 overs)
- Devon won by 6 wickets
Gloucestershire Women fell to a six wicket defeat against Devon Women at a brutally cold and windswept North Devon CC.
With temperatures as low as five degrees, both teams battled high winds, heavy rain, hail and wintery conditions at times.
Gloucestershire were asked to bat and they got off to a positive start thanks to Alice Hill (26), Bhavi Devchand (16) and Danielle Gibson (11), reaching 73-3 after 15 overs.
The innings was interrupted twice, firstly by a biblical hail storm after nine overs and then again by a further shower at 15, causing the game to be revised to 30 overs-per-side.
After the re-start Glos fell from 73 – 3 to 106 all out with only a late 10 not out from Sidra Khan getting them past the 100 mark.
In reply, Devon suffered the early loss of Amanda Higginbotham, who had her off stump knocked out by Gibson (1-26).
But they recovered through a 74 run partnership between Amara Carr (39) and Jodie Dibble (30) which contained several superbly struck boundaries. Both retired not out to give other batters some middle time.
A superb spell of bowling from Charlie Phillip (3-7) slowed Devon’s progress but they eventually reached their target of 107 with 13 balls to spare.
Glos Women’s coach Steve Dent said:
“Despite defeat, it was a useful opportunity to get outside at last. The weather conditions were as cold as any of the players had previously experienced and extremely difficult for cricket. Warmer days and better batting performances lie ahead.”