Report: Bears v Wales, Vitality County Women’s T20, Match Two
Bears secured victory in the second clash of a double header Sunday against Cricket Wales, chasing down 106 confidently to win by 8 wickets.
A partnership of 54 from Marie Kelly and Jo Gardener ensured the home side got to victory as smoothly as possible, alongside a great bowling performance from the whole squad.
Bears managed to not let Wales get away from them throughout the opening 20 overs, taking wickets consistently and keeping the run-rate down.
Georgia Davis carried on her impressive bowling performance from the first game, taking the first wicket, trapping Basketter lbw for 11.
One of the most reliable Bears, Anisha Patel got herself on the scoreboard, dismissing Gibson lbw for 14, reducing Wales to 29/2 after 6 overs.
At the halfway stage, the visitors steadied themselves to 46/2, before Patel struck again, getting S Parfitt caught for 7 in the 12th over.
Marie Kelly, captain, came onto to bowl and got reward for her side, dismissing the opener G Parfitt for 29.
At 69/4, runs looked hard to come by for Wales with immense pressure from Bears bowlers not giving an inch.
Despite the tight bowling, the visitors did manage to keep the scoreboard ticking over, until Hannah Baker got two wickets in the final over, as Wales finish on 105/6.
The chase to 106 was not plain sailing, as after a good start, Gwenan Davies was dismissed lbw for 15.
Eve Jones came in to join Jo Gardner and together they put on a partnership of 33 to put the pressure back on Wales. Jones was bowled for 18, with the Bears reaching 52/2 in the 9th over.
In came captain Kelly. (37*) , who alongside Gardner, who finished 26* in a partnership of 55 runs guided the Bears to their second victory of the day against Wales to continue their undefeated run.