Sunday 20 May 2018
Lancashire Cricket Women were on the wrong end of a narrow 12 run defeat to Roses rivals Yorkshire in their Royal London Women’s One-Day Cup clash at Bamford Fieldhouse CC.
After skipper Eve Jones won the toss and elected to bowl first her side struggled to make any early inroads. Yorkshire openers Jess Watson (65) and Charlotte North (30) took the score to 99 without loss, before Watson was dismissed off the bowling of Hannah Jones, who claimed the first of her two wickets in the innings.
Another wicket followed for Jones before Emma Lamb bowled North to leave the visitors 107/3, but Leigh Kasperek’s half century and Beth Langston’s 30 took them beyond 200, before Hannah Buck’s unbeaten 21 guided her side to 226/7 from their 50 overs.
Like their counterparts, Lancashire openers Jones and Lamb made a good start with the bat. Jones was first to fall with the score on 73 following a positively played 35 from 50 balls.
Shachi Pai (9) and Rebecca Duckworth (8) both fell shortly after, but Lamb moved past her half century and began to crank up the scoring rate. She was eventually dismissed for 78 from 72 balls, which included four sixes, but Ellie Threlkeld (40) and Rachel Dickinson (18) kept their sides hopes of victory alive, sharing a stand of 54.
But with balls quickly running out and batters forced to take risks, Lancashire lost a flurry of wickets to finish on 214/9 from their 50 overs, agonisingly 12 runs short of their target despite a great effort from the Red Rose.
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