For the second game this season Kibworth’s bowling attack proved too much for the opposition, as Wellingborough were bowled out on Sunday, however not before posting an impressive total of 174. Kibworth were bowling first and with a change to the opening attack, Sam Wash and Emma Blundell began the innings. Wellingborough’s opening pair settled quickly and starting well. With 8 overs gone Sam Walsh brought about some changes bringing on Lex Barton at the pavilion end. After defending the first 3 of the 4 balls of that over, the 5th ball came with the breakthrough Kibworth needed. The second wicket was taken by Nic Savill from a great catch from Emma Blundell. Problems then began to mount for Kibworth with the arrival of Newitt at the crease for Wellingborough, who began to add runs to the total. Once joined by Stringer, the two together put on an impressive partnership. Kibworth were looking to break the pair in an attempt to slow the run rate. With reliable line and length and an aggressive call Stringer left for 33 LBW bowled by Lex. From then on wickets fell regularly, and another LBW shout, this time from Walsh brought the 4th. Other wickets were taken by: Blundell (3 including a caught and bowled) and another wicket for Savill and Barton. Maha Malik also bowled well and added another wicket to her total, with the batter caught behind by Ali Wall, who had a great game with some superb stops as keeper. With the fall of wickets Newitt however, remained and continued to be a thorn in Kibworth’s side, ending the innings 83 not out. Other mentions have got to go to Sarah Moore and Alex Michail in their debut match, with some great cover in the deep and the reliable hands of Ria Patel, who again proved her worth in the field.
After tea Kibworth’s opening pair of Alex Michail and Emma Blundell got off to a steady start against some pacey bowling. All was beginning to settle until Alex was bowled by Stringer in the 3rd over. Emma was batting well and looking comfortable, and joined by Ali there was a hopeful look from the balcony with the hope the two would be able increase the run rate and put together a decent partnership. After a great knock last week Ali was hunting a 50, although it wasn’t going to be red ink for Ali this week as she was bowled by a good ball from Myers. Emma was then joined by Sam, the pair steadied the ship and batted well together until Emma was caught. Lex was next out and quickly off the mark, running 2. Sam and Lex ran well together between the wickets and hit some nice boundaries as well . Lex’s first match 4 was celebrated with a shout that might have accompanied a match win but the smile wasn’t to remain as an LBW call saw the fall of the 4th wicket. Sam again greeted another batting partner, this time she was joined by Sarah, who tried to take the leather off the ball with her opening shot which didn’t end too well! Another debutant Becky Ashworth was next out to the crease, followed by Nic, Maha and Rai. Kibworth posted a score of 86 all out. With a superb knock for Sam Walsh with 36 not out with 4 boundaries.
The girls are showing real strength and depth in bowling and again receive maximum bowling points this week and from that point the season looks exciting. Fielding is tight and the girls are working well together, with great spirit in the field. Hard work is being put in to the batting with individuals seeking out individual coaching in addition to continued work with CPM. The girls are back in action on the 5th June at home against Neddingworth, who are currently top of the table.
Highlights: Sam Walsh 36 not out, Lex Barton 3/14 from 5, Emma Blundell, 3/17 from 8