After all 3 men’s sides winning on Saturday, the pressure was on for the women to deliver on Sunday. The day started well with Skipper Becky winning the toss for the second week in a row (Its all about the magic 50p) and opting to have a bowl on a slightly damp green top. It was also a huge bonus to us that the opposition arrived with only 9 players.
Opening the bowling for the O’s was Hanna James who was raring to go after a couple of gins the night before, it seemed to work for her as the first ball of our new look “league” fixtures came up trumps with a wicket. The ball just nipping away off the seam, little tickle and a fine catch from Sophie Purnell behind the sticks. Burridge 0-1, it couldn’t have started any better for us! Into the attack up the hill much to her disliking and after a couple of “oh god Becky I thought we were friends” came the ever reliable Lenice Downham. She followed Hanna’s fine start picking up the wicket of their number 3, a smart bit of bowling resulting in Sam Head taking her first ever catch and the team celebrating like mad! Burridge 4-2. Our visitors started to rebuild for a couple of over before Lenice struck again with a double wicket maiden leaving Burridge 40-4 from 8. After a gruelling battle with their dangerous number 4 Hanna came out of the war as our hero by dismissing her with an unplayable yorker. Burridge now 57-5. After both openers bowled their full spells it was time for our golden girl Emily Turner to have a bowl. With the first 4 balls of her over being unplayable, it was her fifth the removed Burridge number 7 cleaned bowled for 1. There was an almighty cheer from the team Turner fan club and a beautiful jump and spin from our girl to celebrate. Burridge 82-6. Next from the pavilion end came Zoe Munday, a smart and threatening bowler. Unfortunately the first ball got dispatched to the boundary for 6, but Zoe got the better of the big hitter and got her LBW the very next ball. Burridge all out for 88 after 16.2 overs.
A straight turn around for both teams and out went our new opening partnership of Nat Mitchell and Sophie Purnell. After a talking to from the skipper of “you’ve got plenty of time, there’s no need to rush” the girls strode out to the middle to face the Burridge attack. Surprisingly they listened to their captain and both played very sensibly with 3 coming from the first over. The first over went by then Nat and Sophie decided to go with their way of playing and hit the ball to all parts of the ground before Sophie was caught for 11. Odiham 23-1. In at 3 for the O’s was Sophie Cook on debut for Odiham. Unfortunately it the wasn’t the debut she had in mind getting dismissed early by the Burridge skipper. Odiham 24-2. This lead to Becky joining Nat in the middle. Nat didn’t seem too impressed as the skipper does not have a very good track record building partnerships with the opener. (Indoor cricket and run outs come to mind!) thankfully this time it was different, with both batmen smashing the ball to every part of the ground and some positive running. It only took another 6 overs for Odiham to reach Burridge’s target of 89 to win. A convincing win to kick start the ladies league!
As the game was over within a couple of hours we decided to take a leisurely tea and play another 15 over game to make the travel worthwhile.
With Odiham bowling first again the third innings of the day it was the duo of Zoe and Emily to open up this time, hoping to follow their fine form from the previous innings. Unfortunately the girls did not have the same fortune, both bowling well but not having the same luck as before.
Next into the attack was Sophie cook, who bowled some great lines and was unfortunate not to get any return. After some careful running from the Burridge openers, they decided to chance the arm of Nat who was out on the boundary, with some casual running and a direct hit from the boundary Odiham finally had their breakthrough. It was then youngster Katie Barden’s turn to have go up the hill with a lot less moaning than opening bowler Lenice! She bowled great lines and lengths, troubling both batsmen. She finally got her return with the opener picking out Becky at point for 46. Katy Purnell was next on for Odiham, again bowling a tight spell with no return. Burridge ended on 123-2 from their 15.
A quick turn around for both teams saw another new opening pair for the O’s, this time it was Katie Barden and Lenice doing the honours. Katie departed without troubling the scorer, and in came Katy Purnell. She formed a solid partnership with lenice both showing all the shots they had in their locker, making another win look promising. With a promise of getting her nose pierced from her dad and bribery from the Odiham fans Lenice batted beautifully with no fear, dispatching the Burridge bowlers everywhere. When she got to 20, there was celebrations from the crowd and herself like we had just won the World Cup! Unfortunately her display came to an end when she was dismissed for 28, a fine performance indeed. With a few wickets falling and some good bowling from the visitors Odiham unfortunately fell 20 odd runs short of Burridge’s target.
A fantastic day was had with everyone doing something. Our next game sees us travel to the New forest to play at New Milton.