Girls U15 Development squad in fine all-round form

GLOUCESTERSHIRE Girls U15 Development squad are doing their best to end their season on a high with a run of fine all-round performances.

Fresh from recording two T20 wins over the ACE Programme girls at the Seat Unique County Ground, the squad (pictured) bounced back from a three-wicket reverse against Dorset with a commanding seven-wicket triumph over the same opponents at Chipping Sodbury.

A hectic sequence of matches began with a two-run defeat of the ACE girls, Ellie Donaldson top scoring on 48 before Jen Rivers (2-2 from four) and Bethan Manning (2-18) put the pressure on with the ball.

And Gloucestershire maintained that momentum with a seven-wicket success chasing down a target of 110, Lucy Thompson unbeaten on 45.

Daisy Romanek (39) and Fleur Archer (31) then top scored in the opening T20 against Dorset who won with nine balls to spare despite the efforts of Sophie Rayer (3-27).

But Gloucestershire turned the tables in style to end the day all square as Maddie White took 4-21 to restrict the visitors to 130 and then led the charge with the bat, smashing 56 off only 34 (10 fours and a six).

Fellow opener Krithika Karthik was equally destructive with 47 off 33 (seven fours) as Gloucestershire reached their target with more than five overs to spare.

Gloucestershire Girls U11s, meanwhile, finished level in a double header against Wales U12 Development squad. Flossie Parsons was unbeaten on 54 in a 54-run triumph before Wales won the second clash by three runs despite Eloise Maggs, Sienna Rayer and Sophie Compton taking two wickets apiece.

Gloucestershire Girls U13 Development squad overcame their Wiltshire counterparts by 133 runs, Libby Frost top scoring on 76 before Lucy Ball produced a devastating burst of 5-4 from four and Daisy Dalton captured 3-6 from three.

Gloucestershire Girls U18s came off second best by 57 runs against Hampshire in the opening clash of a triangular at Aldershot but rallied in style with a 59-run triumph over Dorset, Katie Jones cracking 54 at the top of the order ahead of Liv Daniels (3-4) and Olivia Brock (3-21, both from four) putting the pressure on to keep their side top of their ECB group.

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