Bradninch Ladies continued to build their reputation as the dominant force in Women’s cricket in Devon, as they inflicted a heavy defeat onto Heathcoat CC, writes Bryn Jones.
Heathcoat has been running Ladies’ Cricket in both hardball and softball for the last 2 seasons, so a tough test was expected.
BCC Skipper Meg Acton lost the toss, and was put in to bat. The two star players from Friday’s victory over Sidmouth, Abby Hayes and Paula Rovira opened the innings. The pair continued their fine form this season adding 26 runs in their two overs. This included a powerful pull shot for four from Hayes, and a number of boundaries scored behind square on the leg side by Rovira.
The next pair accelerated the run rate even further, as Captain Acton and Sunny Sharp put bat to ball to add 32! The captain played her characteristically aggressive game and this was copied by Sharp, who hit the biggest six we have seen to date in our games. The bowler was launched high and handsomely into the oak tree atop the pavilion. Heather Stanbury and Carrian Jones were next in and the pair added 18, against some tight bowling, they ran singles well. Sam Clark and Autumn Sharp were next in and also put on 18 – this included the first ever ‘3’ for Bradninch ladies. The small boundary usually means it’s one or four, but on this occasion the batters were alive to the overthrow and took advantage. Megan Acton batted for a second time, this time with Sarah Stanbury, and added another 26! The last pair were Anna and Louisa Squire, they put on 25, and Squiz followed in her brother’s footsteps of the past weekend, smashing the bowling around the ground, the highlight of which was a towering six over extra cover!
Bradninch had scored +157 in their innings, having lost only 1 wicket!
Abby Hayes opened the bowling for BCC and followed up her wicket taking exploits last week with a MAIDEN first over of the innings.
There were wickets claimed by Meg Acton (2), Anna (2), Abby Hayes (1) and Sam Clark (1).
Amongst the wickets were a series of great catches once again, along with some excellent fielding. Sarah Stanbury stopped a certain boundary with an incredible attempt at a catch. Catches were also held by Paula, Abby and a one handed spectacular by Sam Clark.
Heathcoat finished on +47 – meaning BCC won by an awesome 110 runs!