Under a grey sky and with rain around Devon won the toss and bowled first, a decision to be proved correct when rain intervened during the second innings and brought DLS into play. An economical start from openers Katy Donovan and Evie Privett ensured that Dorset did not make best use of the power play. Two consecutive run outs effected by Ellie Bishop removed both openers and from there on wickets tumbled regularly, Bishop and Steph Hutchins sharing five between them. Bishop also took a good catch and also a further run out to incredibly be involved in some way in seven of the nine wickets to fall as Dorset closed on 67-9, Jemima Vereker picking up a wicket at the end.
Devon set about the chase with urgency Amelie Munday, leading the way as she smashed four boundaries in her 23 ball innings of 28 before being run out. Becca Halliday was equally impressive making an unbeaten 23 before rain came down with Devon placed on 56-1 from 8 overs. By the time play was possible the game was over given that the DLS target of 56 from 16 overs had already been achieved.
Asked to bat first in the second game a rejigged batting order saw Georgia Read make a bright 20 as along with Claire Varcoe, returning after 2 years having given birth to her son Arthur, added 43 for the first wicket. Varcoe eventually fell for a patient 38 and it was left to Oxford University captain Sophie Florides to take the score past 100 with an unbeaten 21 as Devon closed on 104-4.
Dorset, despite losing wickets on a regular basis the visitors were well within reach up until once again Ellie Bishop had an immediate impact with three wickets for five runs. Another catch and a further run out saw Bishop directly involved in twelve of the nineteen wickets to fall. Keeper Amelie Munday got in on the act with two smart stumpings and a catch to rotund off a good day as Devon secured a second win by 27 runs. With Cornwall and Wiltshire sharing the spoils in the other group games, Devon travel to Wadebridge on 24th April sitting top of their regional group.
Thank you to Heathcoat CC for the excellent pitch and outstanding support from the ground staff and caterers.