Essex Women v Kent Women: Match Report

Essex Women v Kent Women
T20 Friendly, Thursday 19 May
The Cloud County Ground


Team News:

Essex Women: Catherine Dalton (c), Jessica Olorenshaw (wk), Katherine Speed, Jessica Bird, Emily Dack, Tilly Callaghan, Grace Poole, Jasmine Westley, Bella Howarth, Bella Johnson and Sally Chapman

Kent Women: Megan Sturge (wk), Hannah Jelfs, Ryana Macdonald-Gay, Chelsey Rowson, Isla McCulloch, Jodie Hobson, Genevieve Jeer, Jennifer Jackson (c), Sydney Gorham, Laura Bailey and Tilly Corteen-Coleman

Match Details:

Umpires: Angela Tuff & Tracey Murphey
Toss: Essex Women won the toss and elected to bowl
Result: Essex Women won by 3 wickets

Match Report

Essex Women continued their form in T20 matches with a last ball win against Kent Women in a Battle of the Bridge clash under the lights at The Cloud County Ground.

After Essex had chosen to bowl, they got off to a great start by limiting the Kent run-rate in the powerplay and the opening wicket of opener, Hannah Jelfs from Tilly Callaghan.

Soon after, an impressive run-out in the deep by Jessica Bird sent Megan Sturge back to the Pavilion. With both openers dismissed, the Kent wickets started to tumble, thanks to Jasmine Westley (cousin of the Men’s Club Captain, Tom Westley). Jasmine took 5-12 off her 4-overs, which included a hat-trick in the 12th over and Ryana Macdonald-Gay who endedas the visitors’ top run scorer.

The Essex bowling attack continued to mount the pressure and bowled Kent out for 109 and giving the team a great chance for the win.

However, Essex’s batting innings didn’t get off to the best start losing two early wickets. However, Captain Catherine Dalton and Jessica Bird batted well, with the former bringing up her half-century off 43 balls. Although both fell in quick succession and with the score on 87-5, the game looked set for a nervy end.

The match came down to the last ball and when Gorham bowled a wide with Essex running a single to the wicket-keeper, the win was sealed for Essex Women.