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Pitured is Sophie luff in bowling action. Sophie did not play against Hayes and has not bowled for the Wanderers all season but no Wanderers report is right without a picture of her.

Wanderers (might) go top of the League (although no-one really understands how the points work) with history lesson at Hayes

Hayes (Kent) has become a happy hunting-ground for Bath. Back in 2010 Kate Randall took 6-27 and Izzy Westbury had 3 victims and contributed decent runs with the bat. Steph davies scored 72 against them in 2011, whilst Elwyn Campbell scored 99 not out. Last season, Randall was in the wickets again. None of these players were playing on Sunday and when you add in the fact that last week's centurion Sophie Luff and the "Blagdon Assasin" Jenny Withers were also absent, Hayes must have been quickly clearing their throats for cries of "Here me Now!" to ring out across the Kent countryside.

In truth, top of the table Hayes were also missing some key players. Lydia Greenway was resting whilst new England bowler, Tash Farrant was not allowed to bowl on instruction for the England coaching hierachy....welcome to our world, Tash! and in-form Jas Titmus was elsewhere. however, Bath's win once again proves how strength in depth and producing young players to step into the 1st XI really counts...and where other clubs (not Hayes by the way) struggle when they are missing one or two players.

In 2012 Sophie le Marchand produced a vital innings of 36 coming in at number 5 when things were starting to go astray. She continued her tremendous form opening the innings yesterday with an excellent 53 not out. Beth Howe (together with Moira Comfort) put on a vital 8th wicket partnership of 43 to win the game in 2012, but it was with the ball that Howe contributed most in 2013. Bowling 10 overs straight through for the first time in her Wanderers career, Beth picked up 3-36 (whilst comfort was desperately unlucky to pick up just a single scalp in her 10 overs). Three years ago Fran Wilson smashed 52 not out at the same venue and she was at it again yesterday as she siezed on anything remotely loose to contribute 46 not out in 38 balls....which was particularly pleasing for her team-mates who could immediately plan on being back in Bath (and around Hannah Lloyd corner) while it was still light!

It was the 2011 game at Hayes that probably marked Lauren Shrubsole's coming-of-age as a cricketer. She batted for a long time in support of Elwyn Campbell to put on a crucial 70 for the seventh wicket and then returned to break a big partnership and pick up 5-26 with the ball. On Sunday, the home side's innings was threatening to get out of control with England pair Laura Marsh and Susie Rowe at the crease and the score at 89-2 and looking set for a total well in excess of 200. Enter the younger Shrubsole to bowl Rowe with her third ball and to spark a dramatic collapse, particularly after she has caught and bowled the dangerous Marsh just before she reached her 50. Shrubsole ended the day with figures of 5-25 off 10 overs as the home side folded to just 134 all out (and that was higher than it looked at one stage!) Lauren gets a lot of ribbing about full-tosses and double-dappers but, inbetween those, she bowls a  lot of really good balls and she keeps getting the very best batsmen out - you don't do that with the regularity she does unless you can really bowl! (She has even started fielding the ball off her own bowling and catching a few as well now).

For the record books, Bath knocked off the runs in just 24.2 overs with Anya Shrubsole the only wicket to be lost...chasing a short and wide one from the Hayes leg-spinner. Some practise facing your sister required perhaps????

 

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