SMLCC v Twickenham 18 06 2017

Women go the distance against very strong oppo

Sunday 18th June 2017
Women’s Cricket Southern League
Twickenham Women’s 1st XI 319 for 4 (40 overs)
Stoke Molesey Ladies 146 for 8 (40 overs)
Twickenham 1st XI won by 173 runs

Look beyond the margin of defeat on this one. Many positives.

On a scorching day the Stoke Molesey Ladies faced Championship contenders Twickenham at the Stoke Rec. Captain Charlotte Elworthy had no illusions about the task her side faced playing against such an experienced side and having won the toss elected to field on a flat track.

Anya Devon-Berry and Elworthy opened the bowling and both bowled good lines and with pace. Stoke managed to restrict Twickenham to 36 for 2 off 9 overs before their middle order started to punish any loose bowling.

Stoke Molesey battled hard as the heat started to sap energy and wickets were hard to come by. Some great fielding and a great catch from Jasmine Good did also save many more runs.

Special mention to some wonderful bowling from Ella Clinton, tight bowling from Elworthy and super fielding from Ailsa Malcolm.

Twickenham eventually posted a formidable score of 319 for 4 off their 40 overs.

With such a daunting total to chase the Stoke Molesey Ladies challenged themselves to bat through the 40 overs and deny Twickenham full bowling points. This was achieved.

Devon-Berry made another good contribution with the bat scoring 43 and was particularly punishing of any short bowling from the Twickenham openers. She was supported by captain Elworthy who made a mature and controlled 11, before both were caught shortly after drinks, that were taken with the score at 66 for 5 in 20th over.

Emma Blaikie continued her excellent start to the season with a battling and elegant 30 not out and was joined by the fast improving Jasmine Good, (28 not out), to see Stoke Molesey through to 146 for 8 at close. This partnership was even more remarkable given the strength of the Twickenham bowling, (many full Middlesex players), and has given the whole team the confidence going forward that they really should fear no-one in the League.

Special thanks to Andy Page for umpiring on Fathers’ Day and, and to Jo Patrick for providing a spectacular feast at tea!

Thanks to Andy B and Emma for the above report, and to Malcolm Dickson for sending in the picture in this article. (Malc also took in a big chunk of the Sunday XI fixture as well.)

The Ladies are in action next weekend away to Shepperton.

Scorecard :

SMLCC v Twickenham 18 06 2017