Gloucestershire under-17 women finish top of their County Championship group
8:00pm Saturday 7th September 2013 in Gloucestershire Sport
GLOUCESTERSHIRE under-17 women secured top spot in their County Championship group with a game to spare after back-to-back wins over Dorset.
The girls followed up a six-wicket victory at Rockhampton with a dominant 145-run win in Weymouth the next day having bowled their opponents out for just 31.
The two victories also mean that they maintain their 100 per cent record this season.
In the first game against Dorset Gloucestershire captain Danika Dyer (Hambrook) put the visitors in to bat and they stumbled to 119-7.
The home side slumped to 38-4 but they were rescued by a watchful partnership of 82 from under-15 Eve Alder (Bristol Phoenix) and under-13 Alice Hill (Cam), who scored 35 not out and 37 not out respectively to see Gloucestershire over the line.
In the return match which saw an even more convincing performance Gloucestershire steadily compiled 60 for the first wicket before Naomi Forecast (Bristol Phoenix) fell for 25.
Joanna Cull (Bristol Phoenix) contributed a measured 39 alongside Hannah Cockram (45) and a quick-scoring sixth wicket partnership between Phoenix’s Charlie Dukes (14*) and skipper Dyer (12*) saw them through to a very respectable 176 for 5.
Alder (3-9) and Hannah Cockram (3-11), plus a run out , reduced Dorset to 18-7 before Mollie Robbins (1-5) and Charlie Phillips (2-0) wrapped up victory as the hosts were bowled out for just 31.
- Gloucestershire under-10s finished the Malvern Festival on a high with a nine wicket win over Northants.
Freddie Merrett (Lechlade) led the way, recording the spectacular figures of 5-1 as Glos bowled their opponents out for just 60. Zach Campbell (Lechlade) and Will Naish brought up their 50 partnership before Naish fell. Ben Dolbear (Cam) joined Campbell and safely saw Gloucestershire home.
The victory was Gloucestershire’s second of the three-day festival following a four wicket win over Staffordshire on the first day.
In their other game they lost a tight match to Berkshire.
- A scintillating 106 from just 75 balls by Seb Blake in the 148-run win over Cornwall proved the highlight of this year’s Taunton Festival for the Gloucestershire under-11s.
His century helped Gloucestershire post an impressive 245-6 before bowling their opponents out for 97 on the final day of the tournament.
Gloucestershire’s other victory at the festival came on day two against Oxfordshire.
In the other games they lost to Lancashire, Kent and Surrey.
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