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Bath Wanderers are National Club champions 2015


Mike Roe reports from a weekend with the Blue Army.

Kibworth cricket club has the venue and history to make it a fitting venue for the women's Reginal league finals 2015.

JG Meakin CC, Newport CC, New Farnley CC and Bath were contesting this prestigious national finals weekend.

Bath took on New Farnley in the Saturday semi final and with Jackie Hawker losing the toss Bath found themselves batting at 10.50am on a glorious September morning but with dew all around! Bowled out in the 50th over Bath had made 198 thanks to a gritty and positive 51 by Sophie Luff.

It looked like a pretty decent total on a slowish pitch and so it proved as Bath's spinners took control during the middle of New Farnleys innings and bowled them out for 121, with Jenny Withers taking 4 for 21

The day happened to coincide with Moira Comforts 30th birthday and that night the whole team and supporters, together with members of the Newport team ( that's the community that is women's cricket) shared a hugely entertaining evening meal. During the evening the Bath captain Jackie Hawker made an emotional speech thanking Ian Shrubsole for all the work and support he had provided to them over the years. There then followed a team "hug". This is certainly a very strong and values aligned team. Whatever happens tomorrow, a great season.

Sunday morning, and the prospect of facing JG Meakin in the final. This time Bath won the toss and elected to bat. Sophie Luff carried on from the day before and batted beautifully for an amazing 152 not out. An exceptionally entertaining innings with shots all around the ground, helping Bath to a formidable score of 307

There was no shortage of drama as Anya Shrubsole who was looking really good on 48 headed for A&E having been hit on the elbow by a throw from the fielder.

The drama continued at the break as Bath coach Ian Shrubsole tried to persuade the umpires NOT to dock the opposition overs for slow over rate, commonsense prevailed, what should have been ten became a more sensible three.

Bath took to the field with Jan Godman standing in for the injured Anya. A disciplined and relaxed bowling and fielding performance resulted in Meakin being bowled out for 72, with Izzy Westbury the destroyer-in-chief with 6-7..

It was a pleasure to spend the weekend with the Wanderers aka the "blue army". They are a passionate and committed group of cricketers who are superb ambassadors for Bath Cricket club.

Jackie Hawker lifting the trophy for Bath is surely a fitting moment for someone who has served Bath with such distinction for so long. Where she has led others will follow.

Well done girls, you did us proud.

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