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Big day of female cricket at Bath CC

The only cricket played by Bath CC this weekend was played by female cricketers! As the rain on Saturday and then the after-effects of that rain meant that all "male" Saturday and Sunday games were cancelled, three games of cricket went ahead at North Parade and Brownsword on Sunday, proving just how vibrant the game is at the club.

History was made at North Parade in the morning when the "Mums' Group" (I still think we need a better name - particularly since they are not all mums [or at least mums of Bath CC cricketers]) played their first ever game. Playing with an against each other, their daughters and assorted others, The Mums (I will have to stick with that for the time being) loved every minute of it and plans for the next game are already well underway and, if some had their way, they would play every week from now on.

Maya Wilson took a wicket with her first ever ball in a game of cricket and Paula Smith struck the ball with authority when not resisting her daughter's repeated attempts to run her out. Kerry Edwards - for once not chained to the scorers table - shared a promising partnership with her daughter and bowled with improving accuracy. Elaine Flemons batted nicely and scampered between the wickets when her partner "encouraged" her to do so whilst Lucy Dymond merely celebrated hitting a few. Patti Mitchell showed her experience in the middle (I mean that she has played before, rather than it being a comment on her age) and Jude Wilmot dispensed the wisdom of her extensive knowledge of the game. Pernille Olsen - the brains and the real driving-force behind this project) was a bundle of energy behind the stumps whilst coach and mentor to them all, Jan Godman, looked on proudly.

The afternoon game was a somewhat more serious game as the combined Somerset/Bath Seniors and U17s did battle on a free weekend for both ahead of some stern challenges to come. Gwyn West and Moira Comfort produced some late fireworks with the bat as the Seniors stuttered to 158 off their 30 overs. Lauren Shrubsole top-scored before weighing in with a couple of key wickets as the youngsters fell short of their victory target. Emma Godman was the pick of the U17s batting, whilst Julia Head kept wicket very tidily and picked up a couple of smart stumpings.

Finally, at The Brownsword the U13 finally met Frenchay CC in the Lady Taverners National Cup. The game had been arranged, cancelled and re-arranged several times and it was Frenchay who batted first on another warm day at Lansdown. Tight bowling from the Bath girls restricted the visitors to 86 off their 20 overs before Eva Lynch led the successful chase with a stylish 48 not out. She received stout support from Charlotte Chilton as Bath progress to face the winner of WSM CC and Tarka CC in the next round.
Team : Ursie O-G, Charlotte Cutter, Eva Lynch, Charlotte Chilton,Lauren Wylie, Jess Smith, Natalie Wigfield, Eugenie Spencer.

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