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More rain than sun at the seaside in Devon

By Dave Wright

Top-of-the table clash is abandoned

Berkshire's top-of-the-table Division 2 match against fellow unbeaten side Devon at Sidmouth today (May 19) was abandoned due to rain.
After the hosts had elected to bat, Berkshire got off to a dream start at the delightful seafront ground with Lauren Bell (pictured) snapping up two quick wickets (lbw and bowled) with just four runs on the board, and Anya Shrubsole then struck to make it 17-3.
However, opener Georgia Hennessy and skipper Amara Carr led a spirited recovery, taking the total to 73 before the latter fell for 17, caught on the boundary by Ashleigh Muttitt off the bowling of Lissy MacLeod.
Hennessy reached her half-century off 107 balls and she and Emily Edgcombe continued to frustrate the Berkshire attack, the latter bringing up her 50 in off 71 balls.
They added 102 for the fifth wicket, the stand coming to an end when Edgcumbe was caught in the covers by Shrubsole off the bowling of Phoebe Graham, having scored 59 off 74 balls.
Devon brought up the 200 off the first ball of the 48th over and were 203-5 from 48.1 overs with Hennessy on 78 when rained stopped play. Bell finished with 2-29 from 8 overs, Shrubsole 1-32 (9.1), Graham 1-46 (8) and MacLeod 1-28 (10).
Due to the stoppage, Berkshire were given a revised target of 213 from 50 overs.
On a day when they were missing Heather Knight, the visitors made a dreadful start with Emily Cunningham and Millie Allerton both dismissed to the first ball they faced from Milly Squire.
Sophie Day (6) and MacLeod (10) took the total to 22-2 off five overs before rain again stopped play. After a lengthy break, the match was abandoned with no result, so Devon remain top of the table on 61 points, three more than Berkshire, who host Durham at North Maidenhead CC on Sunday, May 26.
* Berkshire Women 2nds (154-9; Rachel Andre 24no) defeated Wales Development (153-9; Sara Phillips 3-12) by one run in a friendly played at Oratory School on Saturday.

Updated 19:29 - 19 May 2019 by Dave Wright

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