Sarah Stanbury top scored with the bat and captain Meg Acton claimed three wickets – and was responsible for a run out – as Bradninch Ladies were edged out by four wickets on their visit to Bovey Tracey for a Devon Women’s League Division Two game.
Having been invited to bat first, Bradninch Ladies were bowled out for 102 in 31 overs.
There were no fewer than 52 extras – 23 wides, 24 no balls and four byes – in the Bradninch score of 102 all out in 31 overs.
Captain Meg Acton hit the ninth ball of the match over the ropes for a six, but the very next ball hit her stumps and her side were 14-1 before the end of two overs.
Sarah Stanbury, batting at number six, top scored with 18 and the only other ‘Ninch’ batter n into double figures was Louisa Squire, who opened the innings with captain Meg, who scored 11.
Faced with defending what looked a ‘low’ score, the Bradninch bowlers were soon making sure the total was a ‘competitive one!
Abby Hayes struck first to leave Bovey 15-1 and that soon became 28-2 thanks to a run out inspired by captain Meg Acton.
The home third wicket partnership changed the direction of the game, but, when they had added 41, the third wicket was claimed by Meg Acton to leave Bovey 69-3 after 11.1 overs.
No runs were added when the fourth wicket was claimed, this a catch held by Abby Brown off the bowling of Carrian Jones.
Captain Acton struck for a second time, holding a return catch off her own bowling and suddenly, the home side had half their side back in the pavilion on 73-5 with 30 runs still required.
It was soon 84-6 and once again it was Meg Acton the bowler, claiming her third wicket of the contest.
However, that is as good as it got for Bradninch as the home side edged their way over the line to secure a four wicket win in one ball shy of 24 overs.
There was some impressive fielding from the ‘Ninch’ Ladies with Sarah Stanbury responsible for a run out while Anna Brown held a superb catch on the boundary edge and Meg Acton’s catch was a one-handed effort that one eagle-eyed watcher said of: ‘she flew like a bird to make the catch’!
It was skipper Meg Acton who took the bowling honours with her figures of 3-22 from seven overs, two of which were maidens. The other bowlers to claim wickets were Carrian Jones (1-6 from three overs) and Abby Hayes, who returned figures of 1-43 from six overs.
Bradninch Ladies are back in action in a fortnights time (May 23) when they will again meet Bovey Tracey, this time at Kensham Park, Bradninch