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Lancashire Women 1st XI got off to a dream start to their 2014 Royal London Women’s One Day Cup campaign winning both matches of their opening weekend against Ireland and Somerset.

Lancashire Women v Ireland Women

The game took place on Sunday 4th May at the historical Liverpool CC cricket ground, which added extra excitement for everyone, especially the spectators taking part in Liverpool CC’s Beer Festival!

Lancashire’s skipper Jasmine Titmuss won the toss and elected to bowl.  Ireland were looking ready for a strong contest and nerves were flying high in both camps.  Lancashire were showcasing their England Star, Kate Cross, along with England Women’s Development Programme players, Emma Lamb, Georgia Holmes, Bhumika Doshi, Nalisha Patel, Hannah Jones and Ellie Threlkeld, Jones and Threlkeld making their full 1st XI debut.

Kate Cross and skipper Titmuss opened the bowling attack and set the tone from ball one, Cross trapping Ireland’s opener Emma Flanagan LBW with the very first ball of the innings. After the first 10 overs Ireland saw themselves reeling on 36 for 3, 2 for Cross and 1 for Titmuss, which included a fantastic stumping by debutant wicket keeper Threlkeld.  Bhumika Doshi and Nalisha Patel continued the good attack and took 2 a piece seeing Ireland slump to 105 for 7.  The relentless Lancashire attack kept the pressure on causing Ireland to make mistakes which brought the run out of Louise McCarthy with Ireland’s hopes slowly diminishing at 114 for 8. Debutant Hannah Jones came in to the attack with her slow left arm spin and created more pressure and with the re-introduction of England fast bowler Cross, the Ireland innings was finished off in style by the classy right arm fast bowler taking Ireland's final 2 wickets.  Ireland were 122 all out after 34.1 overs and Lancashire left the field with a very manageable total to chase down.  Hannah Jones impressed on her debut finishing with figures of 5-4-4-0.  Kate Cross finished with 8.1-0-29-4, Bhumika Doshi on 6-2-16-2, Nalisha Patel on 6-1-24-2 and Jasmine Titmuss 6-1-20-1.

Emma Lamb and Laura Marshall opened the batting for the Red Rose side with a very steady start until Laura Marshall was bowled for 3 bringing Threlkeld to the crease.  A fantastic 88 run partnership between Lamb and Threlkeld ended when Threlkeld was caught on 31 bringing in Nat Brown.  Ireland’s wicket keeper took a nifty stumping dismissing Emma Lamb for 57 then followed another needless wicket in Brown trying to finish off the game in style, who was caught at deep square leg.  Bhumika Doshi and Kate Cross finished the game sealing a very comprehensive win for Lancashire by 6 wickets and gaining the maximum of 18 points from the game and Ireland taking 4 points.

View full scorecard on ECB Women's County Championship Play-Cricket website by clicking here.

 

Somerset Women v Lancashire Women

After a great win on the previous day Bank Holiday Monday saw Lancashire Women’s second game at the very picturesque setting of Clevedon CC in Somerset.

The second game in 2 days for the women & girls was going to be a real test against the team that finished second to Lancashire the previous year and were the only side to defeat Lancashire in the 2013 season in the promotion play-off game.

Captain Jasmine Titmuss again won the toss and elected to bowl putting Somerset under immediate pressure.  Leading the attack again was Kate Cross who took the early wicket of Karla Rose clipping her off stump which saw Somerset 1-1.  Jasmine Titmuss made an early change bringing Bhumika Doshi into the attack which bought the key wicket of Fran Wilson who tried to get a perfect swinging delivery away chopping the ball on to her own stumps. Somerset looked under pressure during the brilliant bowling spell from Nat Brown in which a couple of Lancashire chances were missed, however pressure built by the Lancashire attack proved to pay its dividends as the introduction of Megan Fairclough and Nalisha Patel saw Somerset struggle to rotate the strike and runs began to dry up. A cool headed run out by Emma Lamb started things going again and then it was left to veteran Fairclough who ripped through the Somerset middle and late order, which included another fantastic stumping from Ellie Threlkeld seeing Somerset all out for 103 in 31 overs.  Meg Fairclough finished with fantastic figures of 7 overs, 1 maiden 4 wickets for just 24 runs.

Another reasonable total to chase down for Lancashire, saw Emma Lamb and Laura Marshall got to work after tea.  A fantastic hard hitting display with the bat, which saw the ball go to all parts of the ground created a great platform with an 84 run partnership, put the Red Rose in a match winning position. Laura Marshall was stumped on 32 and Ellie Threlkeld fell to a caught and bowled which saw Nat Brown and Emma Lamb get the required Somerset total.  Lancashire batting starlet Lamb finished again with a half century on an unbeaten 62 not out and looks to be in superb form going in to the season.  The perfect end to a hard weekend for Lancashire with a comprehensive team performance on both days will lead us nicely into the next round of matches on the 25th and 26th May where Lancashire face both Worcestershire and Durham away.

View full scorecard on ECB Women's County Championship Play-Cricket website by clicking here.

Jasmine Titmuss, Lancashire Women skipper, said: "It has been a nervous build up to the season for myself and the Women's 1st team squad with two very big games on our opening weekend.  Ireland are always a strong side to come up against and Somerset defeated us in our promotion play-off match at the end of last season.  We had a fantastic weekend and I couldn’t have asked for more.  Our bowling was brilliant, led by Kate Cross and every bowler executed their individual plans and we put both Ireland and Somerset under pressure for the duration of their innings.  This was then backed up by some impressive batting by Emma Lamb and Laura Marshall.  We now have 7 members of the 1st team squad involved in the England Women’s Development Programme (EWDP) including Kate Cross who has just received a central contract from the ECB and two U15 EWDP members Ellie Threlkeld and Hannah Jones who both made their debuts this weekend.  The environment seems fantastic and I am proud to captain this promising side. I am thoroughly looking forward to continuing the season in the manner we have started to push for promotion into Division 1.

Speaking of her own performance Jasmine added: "I'm pleased with my bowling performance and hope to continue improving as the season progresses."

Lancashire Women and the LCB would like to thank Liverpool Cricket Club for their fantastic hospitality in hosting the Ireland game, it was an honour to be able to play at such a prestigious ground.

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