Tough start in T20 Div 2 for Glos Women

Gloucestershire Women v Scotland (at Cove CC), June 10

ECB Women’s T20 County Championship – Division 2

Gloucestershire 83-9 (20 overs)

Scotland 84-1 (13.3 overs)

Scotland won by 9 wickets

Scorecard

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Gloucestershire Women v Hampshire (at Cove CC), June 10

ECB Women’s T20 County Championship – Division 2

Hampshire 157-3 (20 overs)

Gloucestershire 55 all out (14.3 overs)

Hampshire won by 102 runs

Scorecard

Gloucestershire Women suffered a tough start to life in the ECB T20 Second Division as they were well beaten by both Scotland and Hampshire.

In their first games since winning promotion last season, a young Glos side that included 14-year-old debutants Bea Ellis (Charlton Kings) and Isabel Carey (Frenchay) struggled against their more experienced opposition.

Against Scotland, Glos started well, reaching 29 for no wicket before losing openers Abby Evans (13) and Chloe Skelton (6) (Newent)without adding to the scoreboard. The one bright light for Glos was Frenchay’s Naima Milhofer who topscored with 27 off 34 balls. But with no one else able to make double figures Glos limped to 83-9 from their 20 overs.

Scotland made short work of the run chase, reaching their target in the 14th over for the loss of one wicket – Sidra Khan (1-25) (Bristol Phoenix) wit the only breakthrough.

In the Hampshire match, Glos got off to the perfect start when Lucy Farrant removed Charlie Dean (0) with the second ball of the game. Hants added 34 for the second wicket before Charlie Phillips (1-16) (Brislington) had former Glos played Fi Morris stumped by Nat Wraith (Frenchay) for 2. This proved to be nothing more than a minor blip for Hampshire as Ella Chandler (44) and Emily Windsor (30*) put on 57.  Khan (1-14) eventually trapped Chandler LBW but this only made things worse for Glos as her replacement Katie George smashed an unbeaten 50 off 27 balls.

Chasing 158 to win Glos lost an early wicket but got themselves back in the game with a run a ball partnership of 25 between Evans (14) and Wraith (12). But when Wraith fell it sparked a collapse that saw Glos lose their last nine wickets for 28 runs.