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Wanderers go from the ridiculous to the sublime

What a difference a week makes! Last week in Bexley Bath were faced with 9 opponents- not all of whom appeared to have played much cricket before- and were back on the M25 almost immediately as soon as they had left it. This week their opponents - Wokingham (formerly Reading) Ridgeway opened up with England batter Heather Knight and a new player on debut for the club who went by the name of Charlotte Edwards. After that came England Academy player Lissie Macleod and then.....well, some other "normal" players.

Wokingham batted first at an even colder than normal Brownsword Ground and were fairly tidy without ever really threatening the international openers. "Fairly tidy" is a little unkind to Moira Comfort really as she delivered 10 overs on the spin, bowling 5 maidens and conceding just 18 runs - but the other bowlers were indeed fairly tidy without ever really threatening. Knight survived a run out calamity before being run out backing up the next over for 57 with the score on 132 but that just resulted in largely more of the same.

One of the key moments perhaps came when Edwards on 79 was lured into an injudicious drive off Lauren Shrubsole but the bowler was unable to hold the return catch as the England skipper continued through to 3 figures with little more drama. a couple of late wickets restricted Wokingham progress a little and their 232- 4 was a challenge, but certainly not an insurmountable one.

An early Bath wicket was followed by real solidity in the form of the evergreen Jan Godman (deputising for the injured Anya Shrubsole) and Sophie Luff. The pair progressed steadily, taking the score to 127 before Godman fell for 56. Bath were in contention and Fran Wilson promised much as she started in breezy fashion, before getting over-excited and knicking off with the score on 153. From there Bath were just not able to keep the scoreboard ticking along sufficiently quickly as the visiting bowlers tidied up their act after a wayward beginning. Luff finished a really good innings on 85 and the team got to 207 at the end of their 50 overs....which couldn't come soon enough as the temperature dropped to absolute zero!

Charlotte Edwards has played for 3 different clubs in the last 3 seasons...perhaps it will be our turn next year!

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