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GLOUCESTERSHIRE Women (pictured) opened their long-awaited campaign with two fine T20 victories away to Oxfordshire at Bicester and North Oxford CC.

The visitors comfortably chased down a target of 110 to clinch the first encounter by seven wickets with almost three overs to spare, Lily Day claiming 2-18 from four while there was also an excellent spell from Helen Cutler (0-14 from four) ahead of Chloe Skelton (40) and Naomi Forecast (29) leading the run charge.

The second clash was much tighter with Gloucestershire closing out a three-run triumph, Zoe Dibble capturing 2-19 from four and Helen Cutler delivering an accurate final over under pressure.

The visitors had earlier tallied 115-3 thanks mainly to opener Chloe Skelton’s unbeaten 59 which featured nine boundaries.

Gloucestershire found the going tougher in a 45-over friendly away to Wales, slipping to a 76-run setback though there were useful spells from Gemma Porter (2-24 from nine), Chloe Skelton (2-32 from eight) and Mollie Robbins (2-32 from nine).

Gloucestershire Under-13 Girls, meanwhile, wrapped up a double T20 success away to Worcestershire at Bromsgrove School.

Opener Prarthana Reddy (50 retired), Bethan Manning (30) and Jemima Smith (23 not) lifted the visitors to a challenging 137-2 in the first clash before Worcester were pegged back to 90-8 with Alice Bailey (2-7 from two) the pick of the attack.

Gloucestershire then made it two from two, Florence Hampton shining with figures of 3-7 from two as Worcester battled to 96-5 ahead of opener Jennifer Rivers (38 not) and Daisy Romanek (21 not) completing an eight-wicket win with three overs to spare.

Gloucestershire Under-13 Girls Development Squad showed plenty of character in two setbacks away to Wiltshire at Urchfont.

Sophie Rayer’s 32 lifted the visitors to 94-8 in a first T20 before Wiltshire sealed a two-wicket victory despite the efforts of Sophie Smith Graham (2-7) and Sophie Pickering (1-6, both from two).

Gloucestershire then finished 26 runs short in the second clash, opener Talli Scott hitting 16 and captain Darcie Ford unbeaten on 16.

Gloucestershire Under-15 Girls Development Squad emerged 57-run winners in a 30-over friendly away to Corse & Staunton Women.

Liv Daniels (40 retired) and captain Connie Archer (31 not) lifted the county to a 30-over total of 163-6, Katie Turner taking 3-21 from six.

And there were then two wickets apiece for Connie and Anmol Krishna as Corse were restricted to a reply of 106-8, skipper Debbie Cox unbeaten on 40.

The same side then suffered a nine-wicket reverse at Brockhampton despite runs from opener Orla Wright (26) and Liv Daniels (24), while there was a 55-run defeat away to the full Dorset team.

Sophie Granville-George claimed excellent figures of 4-25 from four as Dorset totalled 224-7 from 35 before Liv Daniels (72) top scored in the visitors’ spirited reply.


Thursday September 3: Gloucestershire Under-15 Girls v Wales, St Fagans CC (11am).

Sunday September 6: Gloucestershire Women v Somerset, Corse & Staunton CC (10.30am); Gloucestershire Under-15 Girls v Wiltshire, Marshfield CC, 11am.

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