Glo’shire Girls U18s end Devon’s winning run

CAPTAIN Bea Ellis led from the front with a terrific all-round performance as Gloucestershire Girls U18s inflicted a first defeat of the season on ECB Championship group leaders Devon at Charlton Kings.

The visitors, who went into this game with a 100 per cent record from four outings, were rattled out for 128 after winning the toss as Bea captured 4-20 from eight while there were also fine spells from Emily Murray (2-3 from 1.3) and Rachel Le Poidevin (2-8 from four).

Gloucestershire, in reply, were always in control thanks to an opening stand of 77 between Bea (55 not, including 13 fours) and Emilia Powell (35 not) while Liv Daniels was unbeaten on 20 in a commanding victory.

Gloucestershire Girls U15s (main image) romped in by eight wickets away to Devon at Ivybridge to make it four from four in their latest ECB Championship group match.

Devon could muster only 94 after winning the toss, Bethan Manning (3-2 from 1.5) and Jen Rivers (2-11 from five) the pick of the attack before captain Bea Willis (31) and opener Ellie Donaldson (30 not) ensured a comfortable win.

Gloucestershire Girls U13s enjoyed two friendly T20 wins over Oxford at Wycliffe College.

Opener Suri Shah (30) top scored in the opening 59-run victory which also featured two wickets apiece for Lucy Bull, Sidney Hewlett and Indie-Rose Murray. And opener Imogen Davies retired on 50 as Gloucestershire then chased down a target of 95 to triumph in the second game by eight wickets.

It was a terrific day too for Gloucestershire Girls U11s who also recorded two T20 friendly successes over Dorset at Tockington School.

Xanthe Bolam (29) and Sienna Rayer (28 not) shone in an opening eight-wicket win while Isla retired on 52 before Sophie Compton (3-6 from three) and Jasmine Johnstone (2-13) struck in a follow-up 58-run victory.

Sign up to the Gloucestershire Cricket Foundation newsletter