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Cheshire Cricket beat Staffordshire by two wickets
Staffordshire 145-7, Cheshire 146-8. Cheshire won by two wickets.
Cheshire got their season up and running with a hard-fought victory over Staffordshire in this friendly. Cheshire's reply was not without alarms, but they eventually got home with 14 overs in hand.
Cheshire started well with an early success for Kate Skelhorn and a tight spell from Kate Coppack. Kate Harvey was quickly into the wickets with two scapls, and although Cheryl Allcock (30) and Elsa-Marie Evans (29) batted well in the middle order, Cheshire kept things tight throughout, with Staffordshire only just getting above three per over towards the end of their 45 over innings. The picks of the attack were Harvey with 3-29 and Raffaella Rodighiero with 2-15 in seven overs.
Cheshire opened with two of their youngest players in Coppack and Ellie Barker, and the decision paid dividends, with the pair superb in putting away any loose bowling.
But from 57-1 after nine overs, the first of two mini-collapses followed, with Coppack fourth out with the score on 65, having hit 37 from 33 deliveries with eight fours. Jennie Kitzinger and Jemma Bentley produced a composed stand of 54 which looked to have put Cheshire back in charge.
The next four overs saw four wickets fall though, as spinners Stephanie Butler and Evans made an instant impact on being introduced to the attack. Cheshire were well ahead of the required rate, but at 124-8 were sweating on victory. It was left to Bentley to complete the job, finishing 39 not out from 51 deliveries.
Cheshire squad of 12: Lauren Griffiths (Reading, captain), Ellie Barker, Jennie Kitzinger (both Trinity), Kate Coppack, Ellie Barnett (both Chester Boughton Hall), Hayley Agnew, Jemma Bentley, Kate Skelhorn (all Oakmere), Raffaella Rodighiero, Natalie Lyons (both Appleton), Natalie Heap (Hawarden Park), Kate Harvey (Pool).
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Martin Saxon, Press Officer, Cheshire Women’s Cricket