Perfect start for Gloucestershire Girls U15s

GLOUCESTERSHIRE Girls U15s made the perfect start to their new one-day league campaign with a 47-run home triumph over Kent at Chipping Sodbury that featured several outstanding solo performances.

Openers Prarthana Reddy (50) and Taylor Hodgson (26) gave their team a solid start after winning the toss before Kent fought back and reduced their opponents to 145-8.

But determined batting from Sophie Murray (28 not) and Maddie White (21) helped lift Gloucestershire to a 40-over total of 194-9.

And the home side then performed strongly with the ball to dismiss Kent for 147, Emily Austen taking 4-30 from eight while Maddie captured 2-20 from six.

Gloucestershire will also face Hampshire, Surrey and Sussex after being switched to a new group for 2023.

The 20-over side, meanwhile, went down to two narrow defeats the day before against Kent, losing by 27 runs and then 17 runs.

Gloucestershire Girls U18s launched their new season in emphatic style, cruising past Wales by 145 runs.

Prarthana Reddy top scored with 86 and captain Isobel Patel hit 57 as the visitors piled up 271-9 after winning the toss at Ynystawe.

Isabel Richards (3-17 from five), Issy Huggett (2-8) and Jemima Smith (2-31) then combined to dismiss Wales for 126.

Gloucestershire Girls U15 development squad suffered two T20 defeats against Oxfordshire, by five wickets and 16 runs, but took heart from an unbeaten 41 by Millie Downey while Sidney Hewlett (3-6) and Olivia Bayless (2-6) both bowled well.

The U13 development squad completed two T20 wins over Herefordshire, including an unbeaten 41 from captain Florence Cansdale, while Gloucestershire Girls U11s went down to two defeats against Worcestershire before bouncing back with a double triumph against Warwickshire.

Lottie Compton and Elodie Seal after their fine performances for Gloucestershire Girls U11s

Lottie Compton took a hat-trick and finished with 3-11 from four in a four-wicket win while Elodie Seal retired on 52 in a 38-run triumph.

Gloucestershire Girls U13s lost to Warwickshire by 77 runs and then slipped to a two-wicket reverse against Worcestershire, Eva Ewers taking 4-25, before opener Mia Joicey’s unbeaten 59 and Tilly Bending’s 3-8 from eight ensured a 66-run defeat of Northamptonshire.


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