A most successful season for the Bournemouth Women in the South West League. At the beginning of the year we would have considerd 4th place a success, in the event we finished 2nd behind the all-conquering Bristol team. As the final results came in we nudged 0.1 of a point ahead of both Taunton and Plympton and several points ahead of Warminster and Bath. This was an outstanding performance by the many players from all over the county who made up the teams.
Highlights of the summer
(SWL matches are 45 overs)
Plympton at Home (Tied 93ao) This was our best result to date against last year’s SWL winners. We bowled well with Lucy and Danni taking 3 wickets each and Anna with her beguiling spin taking 4 for 17, the bowling was backed up by some good fielding with Sarah taking 3 catches. However, apart from Lucy (30) we struggled to score runs and it took Anna and Hannah to take us to the brink of success.
Taunton at Home (Won by 6 wickets). Winning the toss we asked the newcomers Taunton to bat first. Against our seam bowling they put on 50 for the loss of 1 wicket, but the introduction of spin from both ends stopped them in their tracks and they were all out for 73, Anna finishing with remarkable figures of 7 for 9 and Rachel 2 for 7. Katie Haddon (38no), Laura (18) and Lucy (8no) saw the team home.
Plympton away (Lost by 32 runs – 127ao to 95ao). A match we could have won after the bowlers did the hard work, Anna 5 for 31 and Lucy 3 for 28. The batting again proved fragile with Lucy (20) top scoring supported by Cat, Sarah and Jess all with 10 apiece.
Warminster at home (Won by 94 runs – 196/2 to 102 ao) Lucy captained and led from the front, we reached 99 for 2 in the 34th over, but in the remaining 10 and a bit overs scored a further 97 runs. Lucy finished with 66no in 41 balls and Katie 58no. All the bowlers bowled well with Jemma 3 for 8, Danni 3 for 18 and Su 2 for 21.
Taunton away (Lost by 9 wickets – 148ao to 149/1). Despite the score a remarkable match in which we toiled away unsuccessfully against Caroline Atkins (England). Laura (37) and Els (33) were the main scorers in our team.
Bath away (Won by 6 wickets – 162/8 to 163/4). This was probably the best match of the season, played on the beautiful North Parade ground in warm summer sunshine. Els captained and was well supported by the rest of the team. Bath won the toss and decided to bat. They put in a strong performance and it took some good fielding and accurate bowling to restrict them to a reasonable total, Jemma 3 for 17 and Danni M 3 for 20. A new opening partnership of Su (19) and Danni R (11) got the innings off to a good start and we never lost the momentum, Katie Haddon (59no) together with Els (19), Jemma (12) and Jess (9no) saw us home with 2 overs to spare.
Warminster away (Won by 104 runs – 143ao to 39ao) A damp difficult pitch that required a lot of application by batsmen and saw a quick exit of a number of batters from both sides. Sarah (31) and Danni M (29no) were our main run scorers. We bowled well, Danni M. 3 for 11, Lauren 2 for 11 and the spin of Anna 4 for 8.
In addition to these matches we lost to Bristol at home, and conceded the away match to Bristol while Bath conceded a game to us. Throughout the summer our ability to bowl out (most of) the opposition stood us in good stead. However, it has been on the batting side that we have been most frail and an area we must work on over the winter. Finally, I would like to pay tribute to the captain, Laura, for her work both on and off the field.
Dave Cooper – Team Manager