Cheshire284-4, Worcestershire 111. Cheshirewon by 173 runs.
The Route Organisation-sponsored Cheshire Women powered their way to their first win with a record-breaking victory over Worcestershire, division two’s bottom team.
The Cheshire total surpasses the previous mark of 231-6 made against East Anglia in 1999, and the winning margin betters by three runs the 170 run win over Sussex 2nd XI in 1998. From the outset it was clear that Dawn Prestidge was in form, as she raced to 20 in 10 deliveries.
Prestidge carried on at better than a run a ball throughout, and featured in a second wicket stand of 119 in 23 overs with Rachael Walsh, who made 51. This stand featured not only some superb boundary shots, but some intelligent rotation of the strike. Prestidge finally fell for 107 from 104 deliveries with 16 fours, Cheshire’s highest individual innings for 12 years and only six short of the county record set by Sarah Collyer in 1998.
Cheshirethen had a second fine partnership, as Lorna Thomas and Jennie Kitzinger produced an unbroken stand of 80 in the last 12 overs. Thomas struck nine boundaries in her innings of 68 from 63 balls on her return from injury, with Kitzinger making 32 in as many deliveries.
Worcestershire never threatened the total as they lost regular wickets. Thea Brookes top scored with 24, and there were two wickets for Kate Skelhorn, Natalie Lyons and Hannah Gradwell – Gradwell recording two wickets for no runs in cleaning up the tail. Unfortunately for Cheshirethe CountyChampionshipnow takes a five week break. Full scorecard at: http://cheshirecb.play-cricket.com/scoreboard/scorecard.asp?id=10897533
Courtois Straight Through to the Semis
– Pauline Courtois leads after first day