Kibworth’s newly formed Ladies cricket team hosted Brackley on Sunday, in their debut match in Midlands Division 4 South. The team took to the pitch with an air of nervous excitement, after working hard over the past 2 years to get to this point.
Kibworth won the toss and opted to field first, Lex Barton set her field and had delivered the first ball of the game from the pavilion end. Brackley made a good start and the partnership settled quickly. Opening from the field end Alex Smith made a strong start and it wasn’t long before Kibworth’s first ever league wicked was taken with an excellent ball delivered by Smith. A new batter in prompted a change of bowling partnership. Sam Walsh came on from the pavilion end with Emma Blundell from the field end. Again the batting pair settled quickly and started to gather momentum until both Blundell and Walsh took wickets in their third overs, halting the mounting run total. With Walsh’s bowling proving difficult for the batters to cope with she took another wicket before a great catch from Iris Broekhuijzen at mid-wicket took Walsh’s figures to 3/17 (6).
With great depth in bowling further wickets were taken by Blundell and the young Maha Malik ended her stint with the ball with great figures of 6/2 (4) one wicket as a result of the safe hands of Nic Savill who then took her own wicket bowling from the field end. Kibworth had kept the runs to a minimum with economical bowling and some very tight fielding with some great work by Hannah Thomson and Ria Patel. Kibworth took the final wicket with their final bowler Iris Broekhuijen who only needed one ball. With Brackley bowled out for 98 the question was how Kibworth would fair with the bat, the chase was on.
Kibworth’s opening partnership of Smith and Blundell made a steady start settling obvious nerves in their debut match. After an assured start Blundell was bowled by Corbett for 11. Smith was joined by Kibworth’s wicket keeper Ali Wall, before Smith was dismissed for 5 by Renelds. Walsh was next in and things settled in the middle for a time before Renelds took her second wicket with Walsh dismissed for 10, but not before putting on a good partnership. Kibworth made steady progress in the run chase but wickets continued to fall with Broekhuijzen and Thomson dismissed with one a piece. Barton, Malik and Patel followed and all fell fowl to the very dangerous Corbett who took 4/15 (8). With Wall batting well she was joined in the middle by 10th position batter Gina Mula who was able to stay around proved a great partner allowing Wall to close out the innings with a string of 4s to take Kibworth to a winning total and fantastic win! Wall finished the match on a brilliant 42 not out with Mula on 4 not out. An excellent team performance: with both bat and ball. Next week see the girls travel to Peterborough to face Orton Park.
A thankyou from the ladies team – to our fantastic club chairman who has believed in the ladies team from the start, to Bleebs and Groundsman Steve for their support, for fantastic teas from Angie and to our previous and current coaches; David Whitmore and Charlie Page-Morris, but finally to all the girls for their hard work and commitment to improving their skills. Kibworth have the makings of a great team and here’s looking forward to an exciting future.