— Pat Cummins (@patcumminsphoto) May 28, 2018
The photo shows the side after topping their group at Bishop Cannings.
Back row – Megan Caff, Emily Geach, Izzy Grant-French, Sophie Richards, Ellie Mitchell, Charlotte Phillips, Lucy Ballard.
Front row – Lucie Oakley, Rebecca Odgers, Caitlin Burnett, Kellie Williams, Amber Cummins, Joleigh Roberts.
It was a successful weekend for Cornwall Women as they finished top of their ECB County Championship group, just above the Netherlands, to qualify for a promotion play-off later in the summer.
They easily beat Dorset at Hamworthy, near Poole, on Sunday dismissing the home side for 57. Kellie Williams had most impressive figures of 10-8-10-4. Ellie Mitchell took 2-10. She then made 28 and Amber Cummins was 22 not out in the eight wicket win.
On Monday against Wiltshire at Bishops Cannings play was reduced to 43 overs following the overnight thunderstorms. Caitlin Burnett (43) and Mitchell (30) put on 72 for the first wicket before Sophie Richards (44no) and Joleigh Roberts (26no) added an unbroken 74 for the sixth wicket. Wiltshire were dismissed for 85 with Mitchell taking 4-9. Charlotte Phillips took 2-7 from nine overs. Maximum points meant Cornwall topped the group
— Robin Trethowan (@TrethowanRs) May 28, 2018
LV Women’s County Championship Division 3
Hamworthy – Dorset 57 (V Pack 16; K Williams 4-10, E Mitchell 2-10), Cornwall 58-2 (E Mitchell 28, A Cummins 22no). Cornwall (18 points) beat Dorset (nil) by eight wickets.
Bishops Cannings – Cornwall 196-5 (S Richards 44no, C Burnett 43, e Mitchell 30, J Roberts 26; H White 2-36), Wiltshire 85 (H White 37; E Mitchell 4-9, C Phillips 2-7, J Roberts 2-18). Cornwall (18 points) beat Wiltshire (two) by 11 runs in a match reduced to 43 overs.
CORNWALL WOMEN THROUGH TO NATIONAL PLAY-OFFS
by Colin Philips
Following a successful start to their 50-over season with three wins out of three the Cornwall Women received a setback when they fell to a narrow defeat to the Netherlands at Falmouth.
Batting first the Women posted a reasonable score of 142 for 6 with Sophie Richards top scoring on 49 and there were useful contributions from both Amber Cummins (27) and Bex Odgers (22).
In reply the Netherlands started confidently with the openers putting on 51 for the first wicket but then there came a mini collapse to 108 for 6 with the first five wickets all falling to captain Kellie Williams which put the game very much in the balance.
However the visitors showed they batted deep and despite the home sides best efforts the winning runs were scored in the 41st over.
Cornwall – 142 for 6.
Sophie Richards 49. Amber Cummins 27. Bex Odgers 22.
Netherlands – 143 for 6.
Kellie Williams 5-24.
This result meant that the Women knew that two maximum point wins in their last two games against Dorset and Wiltshire would mean that they would top their group and advance to a national play-off.
These two games were both played over the recent Bank Holiday weekend with the first of them against Dorset at a hot and humid Hembury Club that fortunately had missed the overnight storms.
Cornwall won the toss and asked the home side to bat and they rode their luck with edges through the slips but with the score on 14 the first wicket fell to Emily Geach.
Wickets then continued to fall at regular intervals and the innings closed on 57 all out.
This meant that the 58 runs to win had to be scored by the close of the 14th over to achieve the required batting points and whilst Caitlin Burnett was an early casualty Ellie Mitchell and Amber Cummins batted positively and it was disappointing that Ellie was run out with victory all but assured.
The winning runs came in the 9th over and so control of the group remained with Cornwall.
Dorset – 57ao.
Kellie Williams 4-10. Ellie Mitchell 2-10.
Cornwall – 58 for 2.
Ellie Mitchell 28. Amber Cummins 22no.
And so part one of the 50-over season would be decided against Wiltshire at an overcast Bishop Cannings where a damp outfield delayed the start of a game reduced to 43 overs a side.
Cornwall lost the toss and were asked to bat first, in the knowledge that they would need to score a minimum of 172 (4 runs an over) to achieve maximum batting points.
Another positive start saw Caitlin Burnett and Ellie Mitchell take the score to 72 when Ellie (30) was bowled as she looked to push on.
Amber Cummins continued the good start and at 102 for 1 off 20 overs maximum batting points looked assured however a collapse saw four wickets fall quickly, including Caitlin (43) and Amber (18), which reduced the score to 122 for 5.
As in previous games however there has always been somebody prepared to step up and this time it was both Sophie Richards (44no) and Joleigh Roberts (26no) who turned things round to see the innings end on 196 for 5.
First target achieved.
Due to other results Cornwall knew that if they took a minimum of 7 wickets they would score enough bowling points to win the group. This looked a formality when the home side were reduced to 31 for 5 after 20 overs with Joleigh (2), Charlotte Phillips (2) and Emily Geach taking the wickets.
This was when Wiltshire decided to try and spoil the Cornish party by playing quite defensively and no wickets were taken in the following 11 overs.
A bowling change turned the course of the game back in Cornwall’s favour with Ellie Mitchell coming on and taking the all important two wickets.
The Wiltshire resistance didn’t last much longer with the last three wickets falling quickly, Ellie taking another 2 and Lucie Oakley the other with the innings closing on 85 all out.
Another impressive win for Cornwall.
On both days the side was ably supported by Megan Caff who performed all her 12th man duties with aplomb!
Cornwall – 196 for 5.
Sophie Richards 44no. Caitlin Burnett 43. Ellie Mitchell 30. Joleigh Roberts 26 no.
Wiltshire – 85ao.
Ellie Mitchell 4-9. Charlotte Phillips 2-7. Joleigh Roberts 2-18.
After the six group games Cornwall topped their group by one point from the Netherlands which means that they now move on to a play-off game against Worcestershire at the end of August where the winner is promoted to Division 2.
The season so far has exceeded all expectations with every player in the squad contributing to the success of the team and it is disappointing that everyone has to now wait three months to see a conclusion but such is the structure of the Women’s game.
In the meantime there are four days of T20 cricket during June and July which will include games against Devon, Oxfordshire, Wiltshire and Dorset. These start on Sunday 10th at Trowbridge CC.