Youthful Kent Women side misses out against Middlesex

Youthful Kent Women side misses out against Middlesex

Kent Women faced Middlesex Women in a Women’s London Championship match at Mill Hill School, with three Horses making their Kent one-day debuts.

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‘Keeper-batter Reese Nash, Tunbridge Wells CC’s Ruby Marriage & Henrietta Jeer, older sister of Genevieve Jeer, all made their first one-day appearances for the Horses – the Jeer sisters both appearing in the side together.

After Middlesex skipper Natasha Miles won the Toss and elected to field first, Kent immediately found it difficult to score quickly on the surface in Hertfordshire – former Sussex batter Sam Wright was dismissed in the fourth over for 2 from 16, and was joined by Jodie Hobson in the pavilion seven overs later – the all-rounder only managing 3 runs from 12 balls faced.

It was the vice-captain, Charlotte Pape, that kept the Horses competitive during the powerplay – she made 33 before being caught behind off the bowling of Anisha Dissanayake in the 21st over with the score ticking over to 56/3.

Genevieve Jeer, who had top-scored & taken a five-wicket haul against the same opponents in the opening round of WLC fixtures at Polo Farm, was once again the glue that held the innings together. Her 51 from 123 deliveries included just one boundary in a stay at the crease the lasted over two and a half hours – a not-out innings whilst batters fell around her for scores in single digits.

The Horses made 143/8 in their 50 overs, and Middlesex took the opportunity to score steadily and sensibly to reach 33/1 inside eight overs, a fifth of the runs needed for victory. It was G Jeer again that put Kent back in the match – getting Saskia Horley caught by Olivia Barnes, and then bowling Miles for a three-ball duck, before striking again in the same over to see the end of Lucy Porter. At the end of the powerplay, Middlesex were 41/3.

Skipper Megan Belt made a big breakthrough by bowling opener Artemis Downer for 9 off 46, before Barnes took two quick wickets to leave Middlesex 76/6 in the 21st over, but a vital partnership between Jenny Bloefeld & Louise Poulter added 30 runs before being broken five overs later – a change in scoring pace that ultimately helped Middlesex over the line in a close one-wicket win for the hosts.

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