MATCH REPORTS: ECB Under 15 Twenty20 County Cup – Honours Even For Gloucestershire and Wales Girls

Luke Sellers reports from Briton Ferry Steel Ground

Gloucestershire U15 Girls (150-3) beat Wales U15 Girls (102-9) by 48 runs

Wales U15 Girls (84-1) beat Gloucestershire U15 Girls (80 all out) by 9 wickets

Gloucestershire U15 Girls enjoyed a mixed day in South Wales, winning their first game in impressive fashion before losing equally emphatically in their second.

In game one, Glos dominated from the start as captain Alice Hill (Hatherley and Reddings) and Danielle Gibson (Dumbleton) put on 96 in the first 13 overs before the former was run out for 24.

But with Gibson in full flow joined by Naima Milhofer (Downend), the vistors continued to score quickly, putting on 30 in four overs.  Milhofer was run out for 13 with the score on 126 but Gibson continued to take on the Welsh bowlers, making an impressive 88 off 63 balls before being stumped in the last over.

Chasing 151 to win Wales slipped to 10-1 in the third over when Phoebe Pearce (1-14) (Charlton Kings) bowled Osborn for 0.

Leg spinner Natasha Smith (2-17) (Frocester) took two wickets in the eight over to make it 44-3.

Three overs later the introduction of Jaz Gillingham (3-11) (Cam) saw Glos tighten their grip on the match as she took two wickets in her first over.

From 67 for 5 Wales were unable to challenge the Glos total and finished 48 runs short.

In the second match between the teams Glos collapsed from 31-1 to 80 all out as Wales skipper Jessica Thornton (4-6) tore through the middle order.

Gibson top scored with 20 and then bowled Thornton out for 0 from the second ball of the Wales innings. But Charlotte Scarborough (23 not out) and Alex Griffths (42*) batted well to complete a comprehensive nine wicket win.

Full scorecards can be found here and here.