Gloucestershire Girls U11s impress at Rugby School Festival

GLOUCESTERSHIRE Girls U11s enjoyed a hugely successful time at the Rugby School Festival, winning four of their five matches.

The squad opened up with a comfortable victory in a pairs match against Wales, and carried that momentum into their next two games the following day, overcoming Northamptonshire and Oxfordshire.

Sophie Compton, Mia Joicey and Eloise Maggs all took two wickets apiece in the six-wicket triumph over Northants while the clear highlight of an 80-run trumping of Oxford was opener Evie Tadman’s unbeaten 50 – off only 26 balls!

Opener Evie hit eight boundaries before retiring in a total of 150-4 ahead of Oxford being restricted to a reply of 70-8, Xanthe Bolam (3-2), Isla Overy (2-8) and Isla Ray (2-9) the pick of the bowling.

On the final day, Gloucestershire lost their unbeaten record against a strong Warwickshire outfit who emerged seven-wicket victors despite Flo Miller’s unbeaten 31.

But their festival ended on a winning note thanks to a four-wicket success over Staffordshire, Eloise leading the way with an unbeaten 33.

Taylor Hodgson, meanwhile, top scored with a superb 114 as Gloucestershire Girls U15s (pictured) made it seven from seven in their ECB Championship group with a 162-run victory away to Cornwall in Wadebridge.

Batting at four, Taylor faced 83 balls and struck 17 fours while opener Prarthana Reddy hit 69 as the visitors raced to an imposing total of 277-4 after losing the toss.

Cornwall, in reply, were set a revised target of 234 from 30 overs but finished well out of contention at 71-8 as Ellie Donaldson and Lucy Thompson both took two wickets to cap a fine team effort with the ball.

Gloucestershire Girls U13s emerged victorious in two well contested friendlies at St Fagans.

Abigail Bryan (11) and Bella Herring (10) were the only players to reach double figures as their side were bowled out for just 67 by Wales, but it proved to be enough thanks to a terrific effort in the field.

Gloucestershire eventually squeaked in by six runs as Olivia MacKenzie captured 2-18 and six other players took wickets.

Olivia was also in fine form in a 46-run defeat of Somerset, finishing with excellent figures of 4-9 from three after Bella (20) and Abigail (19 not) had earlier led the way in a challenge of 99-7.

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