Newport Women Cricketers Take 3rd Place in the ECB UK National Finals

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Newport Cricket Club’s Women’s Cricketers returned from the ECB Women’s UK Club Finals as third place winners after a tremendous two days of cricket at Kibworth C.C. (Leicestershire).

Facing competition from some of the best Women cricketers in the Country, Newport narrowly lost their semi final against ECB Midland League Winners J & G Meakin C.C. Having been put into bat on a damp wicket due to a heavy overnight dew, batting was always going to be tough, but the Newport team stuck to their task well scoring 160-8 from their allotted 50 overs, Georgia Parfitt top scoring with 28 runs. In reply, Meakin C.C. were in trouble at 128-5, but a good 6th wicket partnership, saw them home to a 5 wicket victory. England Women’s Academy player Evelyn Jones top scoring for Meakin C.C. with a very good 60. In the other semi final Bath beat New Farnley (Leeds).

With the losing semi finalists playing off for 3rd/4th place, Newport faced New Farnley (Leeds), who having been put into bat, looked set for a big score at 138-2 off 35 overs. However, with the introduction of spinners Jess Thornton 3-43 and Ella Reed with a match winning 5-14, the game changed dramatically, as New Farnley collapsed to a disappointing 166 all out, Alex MacDonald top scoring with 76. The Newport batsmen were determined to capitalise on their good fortune and despite losing the wicket of Charlotte Scarborough at 36, Newport batted with great authority, punishing any lose deliveries. In an excellent 131 run unbroken 2nd wicket partnership, Captain Lauren Parfitt scored 79 not out and Gabby Basketter 64 not out, to guide Newport to a comprehensive 9 wicket victory.

                

                                 Ella Reed - 5-14 in the 3rd/4th play-off

Head Coach Mike Knight said, ‘The UK Finals weekend was a great occasion and provided invaluable experience for the young Newport team which contained 6 players from the team which won the UK U15 title in the previous two seasons. I’m sure that the girls will use the experience well to improve as players and come back even stronger next time’

Bath ran out emphatic winners in the Final against J. G. Meakin, with England Women’s Academy player Sophie Luff scoring a magnificent 150 not out, in a Bath total of 307-5. 

 

Newport Women’s Squad :-

Lauren Parfitt (Capt), Gabby Basketter (V. Capt), Ffion Cartwright, Beth Moorcraft, Ffion Wynne, Nicole Reid, Charlotte Scarborough, Jess Thornton, Ella Reed, Rose Evans, Georgia Parfitt, Naomi Davies.


 
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