Clumber Storm Women and girls finished they league program for 2020 6th September, hosting team from Keyworth & Sleaford in the East Midlands Womens Softball League. With COVID-19 reducing the size of competition and no points awarded the park team enjoyed success with a blend of junior and senior players, mostly new to the sport and in their second season.
Clumber Park 250 -1 v Keyworth 275 -11
Batting first in bright sunshine the Storm took control with Louise Page (27) & Lucy Taylor (23) scoring 50 for the first pair. Second pair Chantelle McDowall (17) & Tina Thistlethwaite (14) continued to build the score with a partnership of 31, third pair Becky Law (24) & Lindsey Ball (11) a further 35 for loss of one wicket before Lisa Sankey (25) & Katie Jervis (9) wrapped up the innings with a partnership of 34. The Storm finished on 350-1 in their best batting performance of the season.
In reply Keyworth found the Clumber opening attack in good form the first pair Jacqui (8) & Nicola (8) scoring 16 runs for 6 wickets, with Lucy Taylor (4-0-8-2), (Katie Jervis 2-0-11-2), Chantelle McDowall (4-0-21-4) and Louise Page (2-0-11-2) all in the wickets. Next pair Beth (7) and Jane (10) played well to score 17 for loss of one wicket. Third pair of Caroline (7) & Mary (12) playing well to score 19 for 2 wickets. Final pair of Hilary (15) and Wendy (8) scoring 23 for loss of one 1 wicket, Lindsey Ball (2-0-9-1).
The Storm conceded only two boundaries in 16 overs with some excellent ground fielding.
This was the best all round performance from the Storm team with the Keyworth team playing better than the score suggests.
Thanks to Wendy Eccles who stepped in to help Keyworth who needed a sub player.
Player of the Match Chantelle MCDowall for her 4 wickets, 17 runs and outstanding fielding.
Clumber Storm 314 - 5 v Sleaford Ladies 282-6
A dramatic change in the weather impacted both teams in a game that was closer than the score suggests. Wining the toss and electing to field first Seaford started well restricting Clumber openers, Lynn Bradshaw (25) & Nyah Horsely (4) to 29 for one wicket. Second pair Anya Horsley (12) & Maxine Paintain (11) scored 23 with Sleaford picking up another wicket. Third pair Louise Page (9) and Isabel Eccles (27) pushed the storm to a defendable total with a partnership of 36 for loss of one wicket. Final pair Cheryl Morris (20) & Wendy Eccles (6) closed out innings with 26 runs for two wickets.
In reply Sleaford pair Yvonne (9) and Emily (10) scored 19 with wickets for Chantelle McDowall (4-0-10-3) and Anya Horsley (3-0-14-1). Second pair Sadie (15) & Apu (9) scored 24 losing one wicket, third pair Wendy (18) & Mel (5) pushed the score along, to give Sleaford sight of victory, Wendy Eccles picking up a wicket (1-0-6-1). Final pair Evie (7) & Shannon (9) could not repeat their heroics from the earlier match against Keyworth and found the Storm bowlers difficult as they picked up wickets with Cheryl Morris (2-014-1) ending the game with a run out
Player of the Match Isabel Eccles for an impressive 27 runs in difficult conditions.