Ladies 1st XI beat Aldersholt
Ladies 1st XI 219 for 6 (40 overs) – 24 points
Batting stars – Lucia Kendall 88 not out, Kim Healey 33
Aldershot Ladies 126 all out (37.2 overs) – 7 points
Bowling stars – Kim Healey 3-18, Maisie Ayers 2-2, Finty Trussler 2-22, Nicole Blaxland 2-29
Aldershot are the reigning league champions, having won all 11 matches last season, had won their first match this season by 7 wickets, and last time we played them we lost by 208 runs. Our new look team, with 7 teenagers, including 5 U14s & U13s, are up for any challenge though, and after being put in on a green pitch, openers Kim Healey and Francesca Robertson made a solid start, with Kim punishing anything short and Frankie rotating the strike well. Their stand was worth 56 when Kim was out to a wonder caught and bowled for 33 in the 12th over. Frankie was stumped a couple of overs later, which brought together Caity Smyth and Lucia Kendall (13th birthday the previous day). Caity was out for a brisk 16, then Louise Speake put on 41 with Lucia before being run out for 17.
At 120 for 4 after 25 overs the innings could have folded, but then the key partnership of Lucia and Finty Trussler added 76 in 13 overs, with Lucia mixing power shots with judicious placement, and Finty keeping the Aldershot bowlers at bay whilst accumulating. Lucia accelerated past 50, and despite losing two partners to run outs in the penultimate over (Finty for 19 and Kirstin Davenport for 1), took 18 off the last two overs to finish on 88 undefeated, a fantastic innings that showed her immense potential. We closed on 219 for 6 after 40 overs, a challenging total but not one out of reach for Aldershot, who had 3 out of last season’s top 4 league run scorers in their line up.
Aldershot set off at the required run rate, and after 5 overs were 27 without loss. We then took the crucial wicket of Ella Chandler (average 95 last season), run out by a slick combination of Finty and Caity. Nicole Blaxland then struck at the other end bowling another of their key batters, then Finty had Kirin Sahota well caught by Kim at short mid off. Further inroads were quickly made by Kim who bowled their skipper, then Finty bowled the next batter for a duck. The collapse of last season’s unbeaten champions continued when Kim sent two more back, and at 64 for 7 after 17 overs it looked like an early finish was on the cards. To Aldershot’s credit they dug in, our bowling became a little wayward, and the total edged up toward respectability. The 8th wicket partnership had reached 34 before being broken by Nicole, but a further 28 were added in 10 overs in a stubborn partnership as Aldershot sought batting bonus points, before our other 13 year old, Maisie Ayers, took two wickets in consecutive overs to finish off the innings at 126 after 37.2 overs.
We took maximum points from this tremendous team effort, and to so thoroughly outplay the title favourites shows how much potential there is in our young team.
Many thanks to Alison Burgess for collecting our fabulous Aldridge tea from somewhere on the A303 (Carol’s marbled chocolate cake would have won Bake Off).