Luke Sellers reports from Grampound Road CC
Gloucestershire U13 Girls 99-2 (17 overs) beat Cornwall U13 Girls 94 all out (32.4 overs) by 8 wickets
Apperley’s Zoe Dibble took 7-14 in a devastating spell of seam bowling to blow Cornwall away and set up an emphatic eight wicket victory for Gloucestershire, in Sunday’s U13 Women’s County League match.
Coming on at 43-3, Dibble ripped through the middle and lower order, reducing the home side to 94 all out with five of her wickets clean bowled.
Captain Natasha Wraith (Frenchay) then smashed 58 not out – including seven fours and three sixes – to see her side home in 17 overs.
The under-13 girls had made the long trip to Grampound Road looking to bounce back from their opening ECB championship defeat to Hampshire.
After winning the toss skipper Wraith inserted Cornwall and Glos were hopeful of making early inroads. Openers Helen Cutler (1-23) (Claverham) and Maisie Hunkin (0-7) (Frenchay) both bowled tightly with the former getting an early breakthrough.
Ellen Harris (1-19) (Frenchay) and Olivia Freer (1-24) (Cheltenham) carried on where they had left off, picking up a wicket each.
After drinks the introduction of Dibble changed the game, as she took a career-best 7-14.
In reply Antonia Smellie (15) (Corse and Staunton) and Harris (3 )set about chasing the below-par total. Both looked comfortable at the crease rotating the strike, before the latter fell with the score on 13.
This brought Wraith to the crease. After hitting her first ball for four it was clear what her intentions were going to be.
Smellie continued to push singles to give her captain the strike. After being dropped on 10 Wraith set about destroying the Cornwall attack, hitting an unbeaten 58 including a six to win the game.
Coach Jamie Mitchell said: “A great team performance by all in the field and with the ball. Zoe’s spell was a fantastic display of consistent seam bowling and Natasha’s innings was nothing short of special.”
Full scorecard available here.