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GLOUCESTERSHIRE under-15 girls marked their first competitive outing of the summer with a fine 86-run home victory against Cricket Wales at Chipping Sodbury.

The visitors made a useful start, reducing Gloucestershire to 25-3 and 81-5. But Stoke Bishop’s Liv Daniels then took centre stage with a composed 76 to help her side build a commanding total.

An extremely long boundary on one side of the ground meant that Liv struck only five boundaries off 101 balls but demonstrated excellent fitness with her running between the wickets in the testing hot conditions.

Lottie Gilderson (24), Isabel Richards (21) and Tosca Knight (17) provided fine support to help the home team total 232.

And it proved to be well out of range as Wales never recovered from slipping to 9-3, eventually succumbing to 146 all out.

There were two early wickets for Lottie (2-19) with Isabel Patel (2-14) and Knight (2-8) also producing accurate spells.

The under-15s are now home at Sodbury on Sunday (1.30pm) against Wiltshire, and return to the Ridings on Monday to host Devon and again on Wednesday to meet Worcestershire (both 11am).

Gloucestershire under-17s, meanwhile, were 49-run victors away to Somerset at Bridgwater in a 20-over derby friendly.

The visitors, who lost the toss, rattled up 134-8 with Zoe Dibble (30), Beatrix Ellis (29) and Gabby Reeves (27) all establishing themselves at the wicket.

In reply, Somerset were restricted to a total of 85-8 as Phoebe Bradford (3-13 from four) and Lily Day (2-2 from two) made inroads.

The 17s now travel to Pontarddulais on Monday (11am) to face Cricket Wales while Gloucestershire Women are in action on Sunday (11am) at Hanham against Worcestershire.

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