MATCH REPORTS: Gloucestershire Off to Great Start in ECB Under 17 T20 County Cup

Luke Sellers reports from Kidderminster CC

Gloucestershire U17 Women (107-4) beat Worcestershire U17 Women (103-8) by 6 wickets

Gloucestershire U17 Women (135-3) beat Wales U17 Women (102-5) by 33 runs

Gloucestershire’s Under 17 Women got their summer off to a great start with back-to-back victories in the ECB T20 County Championship.

Led by new captain Charlie Phillips (Bath) the side followed up a six wicket win over Worcestershire with a 33-run victory over Wales at Kidderminster CC.

Against Worcestershire Glos won the toss but were soon up against it with the home team’s openers playing some great shots to all parts of the ground.

Eve Alder (1-21) (Cirencester) got the first breakthrough in the fourth over, bowling Farnworth for 13 with the score on 21.

Worcs tried to maintain their early momentum but the Glos bowlers were beginning to get on top.

The introduction of Emily Wilson (Bristol Phoenix) reaped rewards as she picked up 3-16 – including a double wicket maiden – with an unerringly accurate spell.

Danielle Gibson (1-24) (Dumbleton) also made an impact, sending Worcs skipper Georgina Bragg’s (30) middle stump cartwheeling with the first ball of her second over.

Phillips took 2-20 and got a run out as the home side finished on 103-8.

In response, Naomi Forecast (Bristol Phoenix) anchored the innings with a dominant 49* (including 10 4s),  with good support from Alice Hill (14) (Hatherley and Reddings) and Alder (16*) as Glos reached their target with 3.3 overs to spare and six wickets in hand.

Forecast and Alder carried their form on in the next game against Wales, blasting their way to an opening stand of 51 from seven overs.

Forecast his four fours and a six in her knock of 52 from 54 balls, while Alder made 21 from just 17.

When they departed, attacking cameos from Hill (14) and Emily Wilkins (31) (Frenchay) ensured Glos reached 135-4.

Wales started well, putting on 62 for the first wicket, but two key run outs, a stumping and tight bowling from the whole attack – including Jess Werrett (2-20) (Hambrook) – stemmed the run rate, leaving Wales 33 runs short.

Full scorecards can be found here and here.