In a rearranged match due to the wet weather earlier on in the season, Devon met Cornwall at Holsworthy Cricket Club. It was the club's first ever county match and were so proud to be hosting. It was to be not only a very good day for the club, but also the Devon U17 girls.
After winning the toss, it was decided to bat, believing we could defend with the ball, whatever was to happen with the bat. Though the openers were dismissed rather quickly, as well as Charlotte Massey caught on what looked like a no ball, playing it like a tennis smash, the middle order really showed their determination to form partnerships. Rose Ball batted quickly for her 30. But it was Cassia Astley-Jones (46*) and Katie Harman (43) who batted so well together for their wonderful 106 partnership and were to put Devon in a strong position at the end of the 40 over innings. Devon were 194-7.
Devon started brilliantly with Rose Ball (captaining for the first time in a championship match) taking the first of her two wickets in just the second ball of Cornwall's innings. The second wicket for Rose (4-0-10-2) came in the fifth and Cornwall were two down for just 8 runs. Katie Harman as always bowled economically (5-1-16-0). Runs steadily came for Cornwall and by drinks they were neck and neck with Devon's run rate. Jojo Baylis ((5-0-12-1), Jemma Ansley (6-0-20-2) and Maddy Ross (4-0-12-2) slowed the run rate and though wickets tumbled around Lucie Oakley, she continued scoring well until Charlotte Massey bowled her and Cornwall were 127-9. They only managed to survive an additional over and were bowled out in the 34th over for 132.
Devon not only bowled well, keeping their extra down, but there was some sparkling fielding too. Two fabulous catches from Jojo Baylis and one from Rose Ball, who not only captained, bowled, fielded and kept hard way through he innings too.
A marvellous match in which some of the team's top contributors were missing, but fantastic to see the girls there step up and win convincingly.