Match Report -T20 Round Three (24.8.16)
Having has a successful T20 competition so far, only losing narrowly to Wales back in July, the Devon girls travelled to Cirencester for the last of the T20s to face Somerset and Gloucestershire on a scorcher of a day!
Match One - Devon v Somerset
Somerset won the toss and put Devon into bat. Rose (25) opened well with Becca (11)and put on a 39 partnership before the first wicket fell in the 6ᵗʰ over. Daisy (37) once again steadied the Devon innings and though she batted with her usual flair, it was unfortunate that no one could stay with her and make further partnerships. Devon lost two wickets very easily without scoring in both the 14ᵗʰ and again in the 17ᵗʰ overs. Daisy remained through the 20 overs, being runout on the last ball. Devon posted 127-9 for their 20 overs.
Somerset having been out earlier in the day by Gloucestershire were once again to find holding onto their wicket difficult against a Devon bowling side in the temperatures reaching the high 20s. Ellen Day (3-15), Charlotte Massey and Katy Donovan (both playing up) both took 2 wickets each. Somerset were once again bowled out for 103.
Devon won by 24 runs.
Match Two - Devon v Gloucestershire
Devon won the toss and elected to bat. Having lost the first wicket in the very first over ; it looked like it might be a somewhat more difficult innings. However Becca batted beautifully fro 15 overs for her 49. Both Sophie (21) and Becca batted well and the runs continued to flow until the 16ᵗʰ over when Devon were on 110and Sophie fell at the hands of Danielle Gibson (who took the first 3 wickets). The middle and lower order struggled to make runs and only 18 more came in the last 4 overs for the loss of 4 more wickets.
Devon ended their innings on 131-8.
Gloucestershire having rested during the hot afternoon after beating Somerset easily, came into bat with skies that began to fill with cloud. Sophie Florides (2-9) opened the bowling and the first wicket was claimed. Gloucestershire wickets were to continue to be claimed at the hands of Katy Donovan (2-23) and Jojo Baylis (2-19), along with Daisy and Ellen to take one a-piece.
With Gloucestershire on 80-8 and requiring 51 off the last 4 overs, the run rate of over 10 proved to be a tall order. With raining falling in the last few overs, Gloucestershire completed their innings for 117-8.
Devon won by 14 runs.
A wonderful end to a special season for the U15 girls - won five out of the six T20s, ending up sharing the top of the Group 6 table with Wales.