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1st X1 finish with a win in Devon

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On a green damp wicket i lose the toss - but we turned the tables in Devon

Our final game of the season loomed with great importance for myself, the girls and TP (Tony Potter). We knew if we won we would be safe of relegation. If we lost we would be waiting for results from Worcestershire vs. Scotland double header this coming weekend. We headed to Devon without Jasmine, one of our opening bowlers; she had booked to go to on holiday.  We travelled down Saturday afternoon and the talk on the way down was much of how depressing a trip back would be if we lost! So amid plenty of games of cards i attempted to formulate a game plan.

This game plan was to be turned upside down when we arrived to find a wet outfield, damp green grassy wicket- a seamers paradise. Of course i was guaranteed to lose the toss and we were batting! Jess Scothern proved solid at the top of the order scoring 37. We lost wickets regularly but with contributions from Nat Brown (27), Kate Cross (19) and Bhumika Doshi (20*) we battled to 159 off our 50 overs. This was a good score on a wicket that was still seaming around.

The Devon sun dried the outfield and the wicket and our seamers didn’t have much luck. We never seem to do in our first 20 overs! With the score on 37 off 9 overs with no wickets we had to find some fight back. Chloe stepped up removing their opener. Some tight overs from Chloe, Meg and the introduction of spin slowed things down. 70 for 1 off 20 we had pulled things back a little. The wicket had dried out significantly and both myself and Alex were spinning the ball and getting bounce. Alex took the vital wicket of Devon’s other opener and we set about turning the screw. The runs dried up and the wickets fell quickly. Both spinners took 4 wickets a piece. Bhumika came on to take the last vital wicket and we were able to travel home with smiles on our faces!

Well done girls, we have had a few close games this year and have battled well through a long season. Well done to all those girls who made their debut for the 1st X1 this season, us oldies are going to have to step up our game with the youngsters hot on our heels!

I head back to my winter hobby of hockey. I won’t bore with that as I don’t know the rules enough to write about it! Planning begins for winter trials, 1 to 1 sessions and squad nets in January.


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