Eagles soar to super success at Paignton
The Bradninch Eagles ladies’ XI were emphatic winners when they visited Paignton for their latest 20-over fixture.
The match was played under softball rules but using a hard ball and each team started on a total of 200 runs with five runs deducted from the running total for every wicket lost. The teams batted in pairs for four overs per pair.
The Bradninch Eagles comprised of Megan Acton (captain), Sarah Stanbury (wicketkeeper), Abby Hayes, Paula Rovira, Carrian Jones, Roxy Phillips, Jenna Barnet, Claire Whitworth, Fi Moran and Claire Hardy.
Skipper Meg Acton lost the toss and her opposite number invited the Eagles to bat first – something that actually seemed to work to the visitors’ advantage as it was a scorching evening in the current heat wave!
With no specific pecking order for the batting (captain Meg advises that this is so that there’s equal opportunity for all the players), Abby Hayes and Paula Rovira had first go and, with three crisp fours hit by Paula, the pair saw the Eagles total onto 230 at the end of their four overs.
Next to bat were captain Meg and Jenna Barnet and, in a partnership that included no fewer than five fours rifling off the bat of the skipper – this pair proved to be the most fruitful of all the batting effort as the score was on a healthy 270 when their knock came to an end.
Next to bat were Sarah Stanbury and Claire Whitworth; a wicket was lost during their time at the wicket, but they still saw the total to 294 with Clare hitting a brace of fours and there was great celebration to greet a first ever four for Sarah.
Roxy Phillips and Fi Moran were next to pad up and, with a fine four from Fi, the pair took the total to 319.
Carrian Jones and Claire Hardy were the final pair to the wicket, and during their four overs, Claire scored her first ever Eagles’ four, and when the last pair had batted, the Bradninch Eagles were on 341 for one wicket down.
The Paignton reply was always kept in check by some accurate Eagles’ bowling with – who else but team skipper Meg once again showing her class with a three-wicket return – and that feat was matched by Abby [Hayes] with her own three-wicket haul. There was also a single-wicket claimed by Fi [Moran] and others to turn their arm over were Carrian [Jones], Roxy [Phillips] and Jenna [Barnet], the latter making her debut for the Eagles and turning her arm over for the first time!
In the face of some accurate Eagles bowling, Paignton’s reply floundered on 261-7 wickets down.
There were some fielding highlights, most notably a wonderful catch held by Carrian [Jones] whilst Sarah [Stanbury] completed a smart stumping.
Over to skipper Meg who, before toasting the team’s success, said:
“It was a richly deserved win for the ladies. We outplayed them [Paignton] in all areas. What impressed me most of all was how much the fielding has improved when set against some of our previous outings! We now have 22 ladies who all are able to play hard ball cricket and have a complete squad of 30 ladies and that’s making selection and team listing very varied to ensure we share the game time around.”
The next action for the upwardly mobile – not to say ‘soaring’ Bradninch Eagles’ ladies is a Sunday, July 1, trip to Street in Somerset for a ladies’ cricket festival – we wish them, luck.