The ladies took to the field for the start of their league campaign with only Anita missing from the victorious Winter indoor team but more importantly welcoming 3 new players to the squad.
Despite no pre-season club indoor training being available and only 2 outdoor sessions before the 1st game things still looked positive and with the sun shining the girls were keen to get back on the pitch.
Captain Sam Walsh won the toss and elected to send the opposition Ockbrook & Borrowash into bat. The trusted opening bowling partnership of Emma Blundell and Jayne Worldling started things off with Emma bowling the opening ball of the season from the pylon end. 1st change bought new recruit Ellie Savage into the attack and in a dream start she picked up her 1st wicket in her opening over. Her 2nd wicket soon followed and she finished the day with figures of 8-2-33
Despite having plenty of choice in the bowling attack, with no help coming from the pitch and some decent batting further wickets were hard to come by. But with a strong fielding display from all the team, a don’t give up attitude and even diving stops the team continued to fight hard. (Mentions go to Ema Garcia and Eleanor Partridge for 2 great reactive stops) With Emma picking up the 3rd wicket (which secured our 1st bowling point of the season) in the 39thover, caught behind by Ali, the score to chase was set at 170.
After compliments from the opposition for Angie’s tea (personal favourite the ginger cakes) Emma and Sam opened the batting. Unfortunately, a suspect umpiring decision saw Emma’s wicket fall in the 2nd over and Ali joined Sam at the crease earlier than anticipated. The partnership settled well picking up the easy runs from the bad balls and the score ticked over on track. The 1st over after drinks saw Ali secure her maiden 50 and with the volume of support from the side lines rising the pairing looked strong much to the relief of Ellie who was padded up to come in at 4.
Victory was secured in the 34th over with Sam carrying her bat in a great captain’s innings of 55 with Ali ending the day on 85 not out
With a big year ahead for the Woman’s game it’s great to see the squad growing in size, skill levels, team spirit and success! Monday night training, despite the cold and some aching bodies, saw another good turnout leading to talk of possible selection dilemmas.
Things are looking very positive for KCC Ladies!