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Vitality Womens Blast
Sun 25 April, 11:00

Edgbaston Community Sports Ground

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Report: Bears v Wales, Vitality County Women’s T20, Match One

It was an impressive start for the Bears’ in the Vitality County T20, beating Cricket Wales women by 24 runs to secure victory in a low scoring affair.

Marie Kelly continued her form from the past two years, top scoring on 40 whilst Georgia Davis and Hannah Baker impressed in the bowling unit, taking 3-14 and 4-14 respectively. 

The Bears won the toss and batted, and opener, Eve Jones looked in good touch on her debut for the Bears, however, was caught in the third over for 12. 

Gwenan Davies came to the crease alongside opener Marie Kelly but gave Wales their second wicket when she was caught for 9. Jo Gardner then was bowled first ball, reducing Bears to 31/3. 

Thea Brookes provided support for captain, Kelly, who was playing fluently and both keeping the scoreboard ticking over. They took their partnership to 44 before Kelly was caught for 40. Brookes was then caught next ball for 10, as the home side reached 75/5 after 12 overs. 

Ria Fackrell came to the crease and played a much-needed explosive innings towards the back end of the 20 overs, hitting four boundaries, scoring 21 off 17 balls before she was bowled. 

Georgia Davis kept things steady down the other end but was bowled for 9. The lower order managed to get the Bears to a solid total on a slow pitch, reaching 121 with Baker out for 6 and Russel caught for 2. 

The Bears’ defence got off to an excellent start as off spinner, Davis came into the attack to take three wickets for just 14 runs. Her first ball got the wicket of Basketter who went without scoring and then she trapped Gibson lbw for 18 before having Parfitt caught for 11. 

Jo Gardener then came into the attack to replace Davis and made an immediate impact, bowling Gammon for 4, as Wales fell to 38/4 in the ninth over. 

Leg spinner, Hannah Baker made her debut in a Bears shirt and secured her first wicket, with Evans stumped for 7. 

Runs felt hard to come by from the visitors, with the Bears bowlers putting on the pressure, resulting in an excellent run out by Gardner, to dismiss Clements for 1. 

Wales were left needing 56 from the remaining five overs. A task that seemed to be too much for the lower order, as Baker continued the pressure, getting her second wicket when she dismissed opener G Parfitt for 29. Her third came when Smale was caught for 18, and the fourth bowling Hughes for 4 as Wales finished on 97/9 from their 20 overs to give Bears their first win of the day. 

Preview: Bears v Wales, Vitality County Women’s T20

Birmingham Bears Women begin their County T20 campaign this weekend at the Edgbaston Community Sports Ground in the return of women’s County Cricket after its postponement in 2020 due to Covid-19.

They take on Cricket Wales in the opening round of fixtures, playing the Welsh women in their first of four double header Sundays. The Bears return raring to go after being crowned champions in the 2019 season, going undefeated within the tournament.  

Captain Marie Kelly is one of the most longstanding Bears, and after guiding her side to victory she ‘’cannot wait to get out on the field again and see how far we have come,’’ said Kelly.

‘’Our goal is pretty simple, we are going out and trying to win every game but taking it as it comes, and if we pull that off, we go undefeated again and will come out on top, so we know how to get there’’

Marie Kelly

‘’Portland Road feels like our home so going back there and reliving all of those memories is exciting, we all love playing there so much.’’

After the success of the inaugural Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy in 2020, the Bears women return with some professional cricket under the belts, an experience that Marie speaks very highly of. 

‘’It is going to be really exciting to see how our girls have all improved after playing the regional tournament last year. It was a great opportunity and we all played in different teams so coming back together is great.

‘’I love being able to represent my county so coming back to the Bears and playing county cricket really is special, and now know we get to do it for the next couple of years is even better news.’’

Squad

Kelly (C), Baker, Brookes, Charnell, Churms, Davis, Davies (WK), E Jones, Fackrell, Gardner, Patel, Russell

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