Prarthana shines with ball and bat for Glo’shire Girls U15s

PRARTHANA Reddy was in tremendous all-round form as Gloucestershire Girls U15s made the best possible start to their new one-day campaign, comfortably overcoming Devon by nine wickets at Chipping Sodbury.

The visitors, who won the toss, were immediately on the back foot as Jennifer Rivers made a devastating impact with the new ball, claiming the first three wickets to fall en route to figures of 3-2 from four overs.

And Prarthana kept the pressure on with a haul of 3-31 from six, receiving excellent support from Emily Austen (2-4) and Lucy Thompson (2-25) as Devon folded to 84 all out.

Prarthana and Ellie Donaldson then ensured there was no way back for the visitors with an opening stand of 80 for the home side.

Prarthana was dismissed for 46 off 49 (five fours) with victory in sight while Ellie was unbeaten on 21 as Gloucestershire won their opening match in Group Nine.

The U15s are next in action on Wednesday with a T20 double header against Wales in Abergavenny.

It was a harder day for Gloucestershire Girls U18s (main image, by Matt Hunkin) who succumbed by ten wickets against Devon at Sidmouth.

Opener Gaby Reeves top scored on 26 in a total of 108, captain Beatrix Ellis and Olivia Brock both adding 16, before Devon wrapped up the points with a strong batting display.

The home side needed 36 overs though to reach their target, testament to accurate spells from Liv Daniels (0-11), Lily Knox (0-18) and Isobel Patel (0-22, all from eight).


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