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Bath Wanderers 2nd XI vs Brislington

On a dull, humid afternoon Bath Wanderers 2XI faced Brislington, away, in the Somerset League. Due to unforeseen circumstances we took to the field with only 9 players, knowing that this was going to be a tough game. Brislington began confidently, then with the score on 20-1 in the 4th over Rose Turner bowled the Brislington opener. We had a break through! Lola Harris took the second wicket in her first over, followed by a further two wickets for Eva Holliwell. Undoubtedly, having only 9 players did affect the team’s ability to cover the field, however they did a fantastic job, checking Brislington’s run rate, whilst taking wickets. Mention must also go to Rose Turner, who brought about a stunning run out, with a direct hit, plus Jess Bailey and Molly Matthews who did a great job keeping wicket: not a role that they usually undertake. Brislington finished their innings on 104-5. 

The Wanderers started their batting innings, needing 105 to win and knowing that they were two batswomen short. Despite this, there was an air of confidence, especially after the strong display in the field. However, Brislington’s opening bowlers were accurate, taking two early wickets. Wanderers were now 25-2. At this point, Jess Bailey took to the crease and set about building the innings, striking some excellent shots to the boundary, 6 in all, and providing the batting backbone for the team; eventually scoring 30 runs, before being caught by Brislington’s standout player, Appi.  With seven overs remaining, the Wanderers needed 12 runs to win. They scored 6 of these in the 14th over, bringing the score to 99 - only 6 runs required with 6 overs left and 3 wickets in hand. Our supporters were confidently predicting a win. Unfortunately, at this point Brislington’s opening bowler, Appi, turned the screws, taking 3 wickets in the 15th over, all clean bowled and our expectations were dashed! 

Final score for the Wanderers was 99-8, 6 runs short. Despite this, the whole team should be really proud of the way they played, especially when fielding. With the majority of the team still of school age (12-15 years old), they managed to make this an extremely hard fought and close match, with some excellent bowling, stand-out batting from Jess Bailey and a supportive and determined attitude all round. This can only bode well for the future.

Well done ladies and girls.

Report by Kym Handscombe


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