Bradninch ladies suffered a heavy defeat when they visited Cornwood for a Devon Womens League B Division game on the first Sunday of June.
After being invited to bat first, Bradninch ladies opened their effort with the bat with debut playing Kirsty Trude and skipper Meg Acton and they made good progress taking a single off the first over, plundering 16 off the second – Kirsty finding the boundary ropes three times in the over – and another three off the third.
They were separated when Kirsty fell to the penultimate ball of the fourth over, caught for an 18-ball 15 with the total then 20-1.
Two deliveries into the next over and Bradninch were two down with Abby Hayes falling to a catch, dismissed without troubling the scorers.
Captain Meg was joined by Fi Moran and the pair saw their side through the next few overs before Fi was bowled for an 18-ball two and, at the end of the ninth over the score was 29-3.
Next in was Colette Bamber and she and her skipper stayed together for the next six overs until Colette fell for a 22-ball six and, at the end off the 15ht over, ‘Ninch’ were 39-4.
Sarah Stanbury joined Meg Acton and overs 16 and 17 were played out as maidens.
It was to the ninth and the final ball of the 18th over that the long stay of captain Meg was ended when she was bowled for a 40-ball 11 and that left her team on 43-5 after 18 overs.
Sarah was joined by the new bat, Jessica Hawkins, and she hit the fourth ball of the 20th over for four.
The sixth wicket fell in the next over with Sarah caught for a 21-ball two and, at the end of the 21st over, ‘Ninch’ were 48-6.
That was soon 50-7 with the loss of Amy O’Loughlin for a fifth ball duck and, to the seventh ball of the next over, Jessica Hawkins was out for a 12-ball seven to leave ‘Ninch’ 54-8 after 23 overs.
The final two wickets were lost to successive deliveries in the 25th over with Heather Stanbury bowled without troubling the scorers and, the very next ball, Justine Reed suffered the same fate.
Carrian Jones was the not out batsman as Bradninch ladies were bowled out for 55 in two balls shy of 25 overs.
When Cornwood replied both the Bradninch opening bowlers, Abbey Hayes and Carrian Jones sent down maidens and, when Abbey trapped one of the openers leg before with the fifth delivery of her second over, the home side were 1-1 after 2.5 overs!
Abbey struck again with the second ball of her third over, this time knocking the stumps over and, suddenly, Cornwood were five runs for two wickets!
That was as good as it got in terms of the Ninch bowling effort until captain Meg Acton, with the first ball of her second over, the opening delivery of the 12th over of the home innings, hit the stumps and Cornwood were 23-4.
It was the home side’s powerful hitter at number six, Laura Bale, that brought the game to a swift end hitting five successive fours in the 15th over to see Cornwood to a six wicket win.
There were some ‘tidy’ Bradninch bowling returns, none more so than then impressive 2-5 from four excellent overs sent down by Abby Hayes. Skipper Meg Acton returned the fine figures of 1-6 from three overs while Carrian Jones sent down four overs for her return of 0-10.