Sunday 9th August, Clumber Park Cricket Club.
Clumber Storm hosted Welbeck, Blyth & Keyworth Ladies in the East Midlands Softball cricket league. The season has been cut short as a result of the ECB implementing their phased approach to safe play.
Welbeck Ladies 326 v Clumber Storm 331
Welbeck batted first and got off to a good start with the openers scoring 24, partnerships of 18, 32 and 22 saw them to usful total, losing only two wickets with Lucy Taylor bolwing well.
The Storm changed their openers with Chantelle (16), on debut, and Tina(5) scoring 21. Lousie (24) and Nyah (4) scored 28, at the halfway stage Clumber were 249-4 and behind the rate. Third pair Maxine (19) and Anya (14) played weill to move the score to 281-5, losing only one wicket. The last pair, Lisa (36) and Katie (4) went in needing 30 to win, the loss of a wicket increased the target. The pair batted well to win by 5 runs with 3 balls to spare.
Player of the match scoring 36 runs Lisa Sankey
Blyth Ladies 345- 2 v Clumber Storm 348 -6
The second match paried two unbeaten sides in what promised to be a good game. The players didi not disappoint in anoth close finish.
Blyth batted first with the first 2 pairs taking the score to 18, both pairs scoring 9, whilst losing no wickets. The next two pairs took control as Grace (32) , on debut, & Jemima (12) scored 48, the final Blyth pair then scored 49 with SImone (38) & Helen (11) taking the score to 315 for the loss of two wickets.
The Storm openers Louise (30) & Lucy (12) continued their great start to the season scoring freely. Claire (22), on debut, & Wendy (10) moved the score to 274 afetr 8 overs with a partnership of 32. Third pair Becky (13) & Lindsey (25), on league debut, scored 38 to put Clumber on 312 for 2. Last pair went in need 4 to win. Blyth then switched gear and took 4 quick wickets, with some outstanding fielding and catching. Lisa (16) & Isabel (10) saw the Storm home with a partnership of 26, winning with 2 balls to spare.
Player of the Match - Wendy Eccles
It is great to see that all of the teams are reaching a similar standard and improving making for close and competitive games.
Next fixtures are 23rd August with the Storm travelling to Welbeck.