Gloucestershire Women v Durham Women (Durham City CC), May 29
Durham 147-9 (50 overs)
Gloucestershire 150-2 (44.3 overs)
Gloucestershire Women won by 8 wickets
Gloucestershire Women returned from long trip north to Durham with a superb 8 wicket win.
A great all-round team performance saw the team restrict Durham to 147 – 9 from their 50 overs and then chase down the target with 5.3 overs to spare for the loss of only two wickets.
On a damp, cool morning, captain Charlie Walker won the toss and asked Durham to bat,
Things didn’t go to plan in the first 24 overs of the innings as the Durham openers moved to 81-0, running well and putting the bad ball away.
Sidra Khan made the breakthrough when Alice Hill took a sharp catch at point to dismiss Laura Hockaday for 37.
Khan then bowled a superb 8 over spell of 4 -22 as the hosts lost 5 wickets for 10 runs to fall to 91-5. At the other end Hill kept it tight, conceding only 15 from 10 overs of outstanding off spin while Bhavi Devchand (2-25) and Charlie Phillips (1-25) ensured there was no let up in the pressure.
The bowlers supported with some quality fielding and catching as Gloucestershire made things difficult for their opposition. Durham were indebted to an excellent innings of 32 from Becky Glen who marshalled the tail well to help her side reach 147 – 9 from their 50 overs.
The Glos reply got off to a bad start when Hill was bowled in the first over by the pacy Allisha Alleyne.
Abby Evans and Bethan Moorcraft steadied things with several boundaries before Alleyne had Moorcraft caught behind for 13 with the total on 34.
Evans (52 not out) was joined by Australian Bhavi Devchand (54 not out) and together the pair forged a match winning unbeaten partnership of116. Things were never easy on a difficult wicket but Devchand was particularly harsh on anything short and wide and rarely missed out when presented with these opportunities. Evans played the anchor role, placing a high value on her wicket and played the sweep shot particularly well.
Combining firm defence, excellent running between the wickets and taking advantage of the bad ball, the pair patiently and skilfully chased down the target
Coach Steve Dent said: “Our spinners were again outstanding, particularly Alice who bowled with such intelligence and Sidra was the game changer with her four vital wickets to reign Durham back in after their great start.
“The partnership between Abby and Bhavi was a pleasure to watch. Both were outstanding today and to chase that down target on a wicket that was never easy, was a fantastic achievement”
Gloucestershire Women are next in action against Oxfordshire on Sunday June 12 at Hathlerley & Reddings CC.