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Derbyshire Women v Hampshire and Scotland

Derbyshire Cricket Board Womens 1st XI v Cricket Scotland Womens XI

For the start of the T20 campaign a hot and tropical climate greeted the teams where Spondon was to host games against Scotland and Hampshire. First up was Scotland who on winning the toss elected to field.

Openers Charlotte Horton (24) and Rachel Hopkins (29) took to the crease where early accuracy and a general reluctance to play with any real aggression would see Derbys yield only 16 runs from the 6 over power play. Charlotte was to hit 5 fours in her 37 ball knock and Rachel 6 fours in her 40 ball innings but with two thirds of the innings gone a big score was unlikely. Leah Kellogg (8) from 13 balls, Tiarna Gilkes 14 from 20 deliveries Lauren Tuffrey (3) from 7 and a gallant 1 ball four from Bess Heath took the score to a very modest 100 for the loss of only 3 wickets.

Scotlands aggression was evident from the start and they were to reach their target with the loss of only one wicket inside 12 overs. With bowling changes almost every over Leah Kellogg (3-0-13-1), Amy Lacey (1.3-0-20-0), Lucy Yates (2-0-21-0), Alice Dyson (1-0-8-0), Tiarna Gilkes (2-0-24-0) and Rachel Hopkins (2-0-12-0) all toiled trying to defend the lowly score as Scotland ran out easy winners in match 1.

Derbyshire Cricket Board Womens 1st XI v Hampshire Womens XI

With Hampshire easily beating Scotland in game 2 Derbyshire would need to put in a very different approach to the days final game to avoid being bottom of the group in week 1. Skipper Hopkins put Hampshire in to bat.

Leah Kellogg (4-0-18-1) again made an early breakthrough. Lucy Yates (2-0-14-0) would succumb to the heat so Rachel Hopking (4-0-30-1), Amy Lacey (3-0-22-1), Alice Dyson (3-0-21-0), Tiarna Gilkes (2-0-15-0) and Emma Thatcher (2-0-17-0) carried the mantle recovered from 46 for 3 to 150 for 3 despite losing Ch1arlotte Edwards to an injury sustained in their first game.

Horton & Hopkins opened but were unable to improve upon the earlier power play return by striking only 17 from the first 36 deliveries. Horton (22) from 35 and Hopkins (12) from 25 were unable to give the innings the impact needed and Tiarna Gilkes (9) from 15, Bess Heath (1) from 4 and Alice Dyson were to perish in the chase. Leah (21 from 19 and an unbeaten 15 off 11 deliveries from Rebekah Grimley were to add some aggression but Derbyshire could only finish on 108 for 6 as they wilted in the heat of the day.

With two lack-lustre performances and two heavy defeats to report it was left clear that the approach has to change, T20 is high risk cricket and an aggressive and positive mind set is vital against teams of this calibre. Players have to be on top of their game and when batting they must back themselves in the pursuit of high scores by taking chances they wouldn’t normally take in the longer form of the game and trying to defend totals of 100 will prove very difficult.

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