This performance is already being hailed by some of the team’s more experienced figures as possibly the best ever performance in the history of Cheshire women’s county cricket. The Route Organisation-sponsored team comfortably recorded their first ever win over Lancashire in the sunshine at Alvanley on Sunday.
Cheshire enjoyed a period of total domination when they reduced the Red Rose from 17-0 to 34-8. The first four wickets all fell to Kate Skelhorn in her spell of 4-17 in nine overs, and Lorna Thomas played a major role in bowling seven maidens in her 10 over spell, as well as chipping in with two wickets.
Cheshire completed their rout of the Lancashire line up without a single bowled dismissal, so in addition to the six bowlers used, many of the fielders played their parts with catches and run outs. Only two wides were bowled in the whole innings, an illustration of the accuracy on display, in a competition where wides are judged very strictly.
A composed 31 not out from Hannah Gradwell led a successful run chase. Natalie Brown recorded an excellent 1-8 in 8.4 overs, but owing to the small target her miserly bowling never gave Cheshire any worries.
The Women’s County Championship now takes a break due to the international season, and resumes on August 2.
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