CRICKET: Spalding’s ladies fall short in maiden match

HISTORY MAKERS: Spalding Cricket Club's new ladies' team before their first-ever match.
HISTORY MAKERS: Spalding Cricket Club's new ladies' team before their first-ever match.

Sunday marked a big step forward for Spalding Cricket club as their ladies’ team played their first match against Hampton ladies.

Although they were defeated by 34 runs, Town’s girls are the latest success story to come from one of South Holland’s most important clubs in any sport.

Things started well for Spalding, as captain Sarah Barratt won the toss and chose to bowl first.

Openers Hayley Jones (2-13) and Dani Jex (1-10) bowled very tightly first up, restricting the opposition and picking up wickets.

Hampton soon started to find the gaps though as Sainsbury (17) and Plumb (15) started picked up the pace.

Spalding remained defiant, with every player fielding well to create two run outs, while a superb spell from Lucy Buttery – including a double wicket maiden – meant that Hampton were left on 114-7 after their 30 overs.

Stacey Slater did a fantastic job behind the stumps keeping wicket.

Spalding didn’t have a great start with the bat as McCreedy and Kent struck to leave them 1-3 after three overs.

Amy Bramma (6), Jex (8) and Jones (39) led a spirited fightback and kept the game in the balance.

But the Spalding ladies fell a little short in their run chase and closed on a respectable 80-7, batting out the entire 30 overs.