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Kent Women unbeaten run ends at Harrogate before consolation win

Sunday 2nd August 2015

Kent Women suffered their first defeat of the season at Harrogate as they lost by 45 runs to Yorkshire in the NatWest T20 competition before a consolation win against Somerset.

Without their five England internationals and former England player Lynsey Askew, Kent fielded a side featuring five teenagers.

In the opening match of the double-header, the hosts won the toss and batted first with a superb opening partnership between skipper Beth Mooney and Alex McDonald.

The pair put on 75 off 53 balls with 21-year-old Australian left-hander Mooney, Yorkshire's overseas player for 2015, leading from the front with 35 off 24 balls.

Kent’s 17-year-old spinner Megan Belt eventually dismissed the Australia A wicketkeeper, caught by Jenni Jackson.

Belt ended with 1/18 from her 4 overs but Hannah Jelfs was the pick of the attack with 2/14 off four overs.

Kent’s young attack fought back to restrict the scoring with the openers the only players to reach double figures.

Some superb fielding by Alice Davidson-Richards and Phoebe Franklin helped Kent to two run outs as Yorkshire ended on 132 for seven.

The reply did not get off to the best of starts with Davidson-Richards out for 4 in the third over before Franklin and 14-year-old Molly Davis steadied the ship with 44 runs added in 50 balls.

Franklin was out, stumped by Mooney off the bowling off Maddie Walsh, who took 4-18 as Kent lost five wickets for eight runs, including two run outs before they were eventually 86 all out, the first defeat of an excellent 2015 season.

Yorkshire scorecard

In the second match, Charlotte Pape followed up her match-winning 50 at the Oval against Surrey with a fantastic all round display with bat and ball against Somerset.

Her gritty knock of 52 off 62 balls with support from Davidson-Richardson (25) helped Kent reach 104 which was just enough for victory.

Pape was equally effective with the ball, taking 2-8 off 4 overs to put the squeeze on Somerset's chase.

Phoebe Franklin removed skipper Sophie Luff,w ho top-scored with 26, on the way to excellent figures of 3-14 in four overs.

Australian seamer Kara Sutherland and Broadstairs teen spinner Megan Belt took a wicket apiece to clinch a narrow four-run win.

Somerset scorecard

Kent Women are next in action at Polo Farm, Canterbury on Sunday 16 August in a doube-header against Notts and Surrey Women (10.30am start, free entry).

Women's T20 table

Australia take on Englandat The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrencein the only Women's Ashes Test Match as part of an extended Canterbury Week this summer.

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