Wales Women Seeking T20 Promotion
Senior Women recorded yet another impressive victory over the weekend in the
penultimate round of the National Twenty20 competition.
Having beaten Essex and
lost to current leaders Somerset in Bath two weeks ago, the girls needed a
victory over Worcestershire (their only game of the weekend) in order to keep
their promotion hopes alive.
On a cloudy but humid day in Aberdare, captain
Claire Thomas won the toss and elected to bat first. Openers Lauren Parfitt and
Gabby Basketter provided yet another solid start, but Thomas provided a real
captain’s innings of 41 not out on a slow, low wicket and large boundaries in
order to boost the innings.
After their 20 overs, the women posted 106-5, and
due to the conditions, the team maintained full confidence in their bowling
It was an ideal start as both
openers were removed within the first two overs, with Ffion Wynne (2-4) and
Anwen Morgan (1-6) claiming a wicket each to leave the visitors in immediate
trouble at 2-2. Worcestershire’s batting line-up simply had no answers for the
accuracy and discipline of Wales’ bowling and fielding, as Rebecca Struthers
picked up 3 middle-order wickets and Thomas added figures of 2-5 to her
Only one of Worcestershire’s batsmen managed to reach double
figures, a true reflection of Wales’ ruthless performance, as extras was the
second highest scorer with 7! Wynne claimed the final wicket with the run out
of Waters, meaning the visitors managed a miserly 38 all out.
As the girls travel to Southampton this
weekend, victories over both Hampshire and Staffs would put them in perfect
position for a promotion to Division 1 for the T20 rounds next year. It would
be a fantastic achievement and a real challenge for the girls to play amongst
the highest standard of women’s cricket in the country.