Bhoomika’s burst helps seal fine win for Glo’shire Women

BHOOMIKA Bhat finished with tremendous figures of 5-18 for ten as Gloucestershire Women completed a low scoring 18-run friendly victory away to Wiltshire, at Burbage & Easton Royal.

The visitors, who lost the toss, had to work hard to total 105 from 38.5 overs, Katie Jones leading from the front with 46 from 63 balls (five fours) while captain Mollie Robbins was the only other batter to reach double figures with 11, from 41 deliveries.

But the value of those runs became clear when the game restarted and Wiltshire found scoring even harder in the damp conditions.

Bhoomika led the way with her fine spell, and there was excellent support all afternoon as Gloucestershire kept the pressure on.

Charlie Phillips finished with 3-17 from 9.1 overs, while Alice Hill (1-12 from five) and Melissa Story (1-14 from four) also took wickets with Mollie (0-10 from six) and Charlotte Phillips (0-9 from four) two others to find a testing line and length.

Honours were even, meanwhile, when Gloucestershire Girls U15s clashed with Hampshire in back-to-back friendlies at Chipping Sodbury.

Jiya Sheopuri (3-13), Jen Rivers (2-9) and Megan Ahearne (39 not) shone as Gloucestershire won the first game by seven wickets.

And Hampshire responded with a two-wicket triumph with four balls to spare in the rematch despite the considerable efforts of Abi Bryan who top scored on 38 and then took 4-13 from three.

Gloucestershire Girls U13s went down by eight wickets at home to Warwickshire at Poulton, opener Evie Tadman top scoring on 23, before a second game was abandoned because of rain.

But the weather improved for a friendly at Harrow School against a Lord’s youth side.

The home team were bowled out for 127, Xanthe Bolam, Eloise Maggs and Lilly Sheppard taking two wickets each ahead of Flossie Parsons (36) leading the charge to a three-wicket triumph.

Image courtesy Matt Hunkin

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