Gloucestershire Girls Under-15s make impresssive start

GLOUCESTERSHIRE Girls Under-15s (pictured) have made a tremendous start to their league season with comprehensive wins over Wales and then Somerset.

Wales were dismissed for only 69 at Chipping Sodbury, Lucy Thompson (3-5 from six) and Emily Murray (3-11 from four) inflicting most of the damage.

Liv Daniels (39) and Ellie Donaldson (22) then completed the win in only 12.1 overs.

And that form was carried into Sunday’s derby trip to Clevedon for a clash with Somerset which resulted in a 228-run triumph.

Captain Katie Jones (112) and Greer Barnes (55) shared a 106-run stand for the fifth wicket in a terrific 40-over total of 300-8 before Somerset were bowled out for 72 in reply.

There were three wickets apiece for Florence Hampton and Isabel Richards along with two for Greer.

The U15s are next in action on Sunday, away to Oxfordshire.

Gloucestershire Girls U15 Development squad, meanwhile, were also in form in a friendly against Buckinghamshire, securing a 98-run win.

Openers Gracie Clark (51) and Fleur Archer (30) top scored in a challenge of 216-8 at Chipping Sodbury before Buckinghamshire were restricted to a reply of 118-9, Fleur taking 3-11.

Gloucestershire Girls U13 completed two friendly T20 victories over Dorset at Wycliffe College.

In the first match, Dorset were bowled out for 37, Alice Bailey and Jennifer Rivers taking two wickets apiece, before Sophie Murray (17 not) led the charge to a nine-wicket win.

Prarthana Reddy (46 not) and captain Taylor Hodgson (38 retired) then powered Gloucestershire to 137-3 in the second game ahead of Dorset being held back to 32-8, Megan Ahearne, Elinor Farrier and Sophie Smith Graham taking two wickets each.

Gloucestershire Women went down to a 74-run setback in a friendly away to Wales despite Mollie Robbins’ fine figures of 5-39.

Isobel Patel captured 3-5 from 4.1 overs for Gloucestershire Girls U18 who lost by ten runs at home to Wales at Thornbury in their opening ECB group clash.

The home side needed 126 for the spoils but came up just short despite fine knocks from openers Sarah Walsh (31) and Betsy Mangan (20) with Isobel following up with 18.

Gloucestershire Girls U11 enjoyed two tussles against Wales, winning one and losing one.

Opener Suri Shah’s unbeaten 34 helped her side to a seven-wicket win, chasing 95, while Wales emerged victorious in the second encounter by five wickets.

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