Captain Walton won the toss and decided to field first. Dack (1-12) and Bailey (0-20) made a good start with their four overs, despite blustery conditions, with Welton taking an excellent catch off Dack’s bowling to dismiss the opening batter for 1. Thornett (1-39), Field (1-22) and Herron (0-28) then continued, with Bailey taking a catch and Field once again knocking over the stumps with an excellent ball. Wicketkeeper Walton managed to run out Ward at the other end with a suspiciously accurate throw.
Newcomer Jo Campling then managed to get Tranfield out caught behind (Walton) with her first ever over! Unfortunately, the strength and depth of Great Waltham’s batting order once again proved too much, with a number of boundaries resulting in a total of 165-5.
Openers Walton and Dack made a good start with three 4s in the first two overs, but the latter fell for 9 after top-edging a ball to the wicketkeeper. A change of bowling, which saw two fairly quick and accurate bowlers come to the fore, resulted inthe scoring rate drop off significantly. Both Herron and Welton were trapped LBW in two balls, before Walton and Campling steadied the ship. Upon trying to score more aggressively, Walton nicked one behind to the wicketkeeper and had to go for 18.
A flurry of wickets occurred a few overs later, with four players bowled in fairly quick succession. Bailey finished with a lovely 4 off the last ball, despite still struggling with her wrist injury from last week. Maldon finished on 74-8.
All in all, another considerable loss but some great team spirit from the ladies, who are improving week by week! It is amazing to see everyone supporting each other. We were particularly impressed by Campling’s debut performance with both bat and ball – along with excellent fielding.