Steve Dent reports from Great Rissington CC
Gloucestershire 103 – 8 (20 overs) beat Northamptonshire 94 – 6 (20 overs) by 9 runs.
A fine half century from Abby Evans set up a win against Northamptonshire in Gloucestershire’s first county women’s T20 of 2015 at Great Rissington CC. Evans scored 53 from 64 balls as Gloucestershire posted 103 – 8 from their 20 overs. She was well supported by Naomi Forecast (12) and Bethan Moorcraft (9).
Gloucestershire then produced a disciplined bowling and fielding display to restrict Northamptonshire to 94 – 6 from their 20 overs to seal the win by 9 runs.
Evans and Moorcraft put on 28 before the latter was caught skying a slower ball. Evans continued to punish the bad balls as the Gloucestershire batters played positively to maintain the run rate. Wickets fell regularly though in pursuit of runs and Evans herself finally fell in the 19th over, as Gloucestershire posted 103 – 8 from their 20 overs.
Gloucestershire then produced a disciplined bowling and fielding display to restrict Northamptonshire to 94 – 6 from their 20 overs to finish the winners by 9 runs. Eve Alder led the attack with a superb bowling display with 1 – 8 from her 4 overs and there were wickets for Chloe Davis (1 – 15) and Alice Hill (1 – 24). Northamptonshire’s batters took several risks with their running and after several near misses, the fielding clicked, resulting in sharp run outs for Abby Evans, Alice Hill and Danielle Gibson.
Gloucestershire 82 – 5 (20 overs) lost to Hampshire 83 – 5 (19.3 overs) by 5 wickets.
In the 2nd game versus Hampshire, it was Abby Evans who again provided the backbone of the innings with 33 from 43 balls. This time she was well supported by Amelia Andrew (20 from 18 balls), as Gloucestershire posted 82 – 5 against a very tight and disciplined Hampshire bowling and fielding display. The pair put on 39 in 34 balls with some strong hitting, as Gloucestershire broke free from the stranglehold placed on them by Hampshire’s attack. Both, however, were run out in successive balls as Gloucestershire reached 82 – 5 from their 20 overs.
In reply Hampshire found the Gloucestershire bowling equally tight, as Eve Alder again bowled impressively conceding only 8 from her 4 overs. She was backed up by some tight fielding in the ring as Hampshire found scoring difficult. Two wickets for Chloe Davis (2 – 19) and one from Danika Dyer (1 – 15), along with run outs from Naomi Forecast and Sidra Khan, kept the game in the balance until the final over. Hampshire needed 6 from it and it was they who just prevailed, reaching their target of 83 for the loss of 5 wickets with 3 balls to spare.
Coach Steve Dent said: “Both games saw the girls demonstrate great skills and a strong collective spirit and this augurs well for the games ahead.”