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Bath Wanderers 2nd XI vs Old Bristolians


A cracking away match against the Old Bristolians (OBs), on a hot blustery afternoon. The Wanderers fielded first, with Katy Hanscomb making an early breakthrough, bowling Powell with only 9 on the scoreboard. However, the opening and number three batswomen displayed little respect for our bowling, frequently pulling balls from off to leg, taking any opportunity to run byes and building a partnership of 106. Thankfully, Gen Donaldson, having changed ends, charged down the hill, bowling Day, with her score on 41 and the overall score on 115 off 16.2 overs. Having reinforced the leg side boundary and tightened up the fielding, the Wanderers managed to slow the run rate, but opening batswoman, Fowler, continued to hit hard, eventually helping her team to reach 144-2 in their 20 overs, scoring 55 not out in the process. Fielding was hard work, especially with two big hitters peppering the field, however we persevered, adapted our bowling order and fielding positions, making the OBs’ score achievable. 

Mention should go to the bowlers, who took a battering, but kept adjusting to cope with the gusty wind and the aggressive batting: special mention to Eva Holliwell who fielded solidly and bowled four overs (4-0-25-0), Lottie Moore (2-0-12-0) and lastly Eleanor Burn, who has stepped up to play in the 2XI and bowled calmly when we were under pressure. Dealing with the bowling was also difficult for our wicket Keeper, Matilda Jackson, who kept her cool throughout. 

After a quick turn around, Wanderers opened their innings, in a similar manner to their opposition, losing a wicket to a catch at square leg. Not the start we had wanted. On the bright side, this brought together, Jess Bailey and Katy Hanscomb, who both proceeded to dispatch the bowling around the ground, leaving the OBs in a quandary, as to where to place their fielders: building a partnership worth 81 runs. Jess was finally given out, lbw, in the 9th over, bringing Evie Dixon to the crease. Evie and Katy immediately started to put more pressure on, taking singles and twos, whilst Katy continued to strike more balls to the boundary. This eventually brought about her downfall when OB’s Leigh, reaching high to her left, took a great catch. Katy left the field, having reached 59 as well as notching up her maiden 50. Wanderers still needed a further 17 runs, as Gen Donaldson joined Evie. Despite their being plenty of overs and wickets left, it was a nerve wracking time for the spectators, however there was no need to worry. Gen and Evie batted with calm confidence, taking easy runs and reaching the team’s target in 17.3 overs. 

A great win, based on hard work in the field and some excellent batting. Every member of the team played their part. 

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