Narrow defeat for Warwickshire Women
Skipper Marie Kelly won the toss and sent the visitors to bat first following the heavy storms over the weekend, with the teams to play a 30-over game.
The Bears did not disappoint with ball as usual. They put up yet another spirited fielding limiting their opponents to a total of 202.
New Zealand international Sophie Devine inspired the bowling attack grabbing 3/33 of the five wickets collected. Anisha Patel and Rebecca Grundy collected a wicket apiece as Kent women finished their innings with 202/5.
It was captain Kamsin Beaumont who proved a hard nut to crack posting 98 runs off 85 deliveries, with the innings ended by Devine in the last over, who then followed the wicket by forcing Grace Gibbs (9) to send the ball flying into the ready hands of Gwenan Davies.
England batsman Amy Jones opened with Davies, seeking the 203 runs for victory.
The Bears lost Davies early in the fourth over, and Devine soon followed, departing to the bowling of Marsh.
Jones and Kelly pushed the score from 25 to 73 before Gibbs bowled Jones, falling one short of a half-century after smashing eight boundaries.
Thea Brookes (41) and teenager Amilia Kite (22) later raised the Bears’ hopes. Kite who was making her second appearance for her team in the Championship smashed two fours and a six.
Despite missing out on one of her two matches of the season with the Warwickshire due to rain on Sunday, Devine treasures her Bear moments.
“It is a fantastic opportunity, having come from New Zealand. At the moment its winter so we are not playing much cricket and it’s all stuck inside. For me to come here and be able to play outdoors and play with a great group of girls its fantastic for me and my cricket,” she said.
In the end, the chase proved out of the Bears’ reach as they ran out of wickets after posting a total of 184.
The Bears travel to Lancashire next weekend as they seek to build on a good batting while remaining consistent with a good fielding form.