County's ladies record first win

SUFFOLK Ladies have recorded their first County Championship win - and it came over traditional rivals Norfolk.

SUFFOLK Ladies have recorded their first County Championship win - and it came over traditional rivals Norfolk.

The teams met at Ipswich School and on an overcast day with a slightly green surface and long boundaries, a very young Norfolk side won what could have been a crucial toss and put the newly-formed Suffolk side in to bat.

Suffolk made a good start and Claire Young (21) and Sam Harvey (18) took the score to 35 after 10 overs. However, things soon started to go downhill, with the conditions and tight bowling from Norfolk making sure that runs were hard to come by. Young was the first to go, caught for 21 and good bowling meant the scoring rate was becalmed before Harvey was also dismissed.

Wickets then fell regularly and the only other players to really make an impression were Debbie Keeble, who scored 14 before being run out, and Zoe Juries, who was bowled for 11. Suffolk battled for 43 overs but only managed to total 102, with extras the top scorer of the innings.

After an early tea Suffolk took to the field and with conditions not having changed much they felt they could make it just as difficult for Norfolk to score runs.

Suffolk struck almost immediately and made early inroads thanks to some excellent bowling from the opening pair of Rachel Denny and Alice Parker. After seven overs Norfolk had been reduced to nine for three.

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Norfolk's Littlewood and Cadge battled well against tight bowling from all the Suffolk bowlers to lead a recovery, but they could do little to increase the run-rate.

When drinks were taken at the end of the 25th over they were surviving at 46 for three.

Suffolk then made another crucial breakthrough straight after the break when Debbie Keeble trapped Littlewood LBW for 13. The wickets then fell steadily, and by the time Norfolk captain Kerry Holl came to the crease at No. 9 there were still 39 runs required.

She soon departed and Suffolk confirmed an unlikely victory by claiming the final wicket in the 46th over with Norfolk all out for 76, thanks to excellent fielding in support of fine bowling.

The opening bowlers, Rachel Denny (three for 10 from eight overs) and Alice Parker (four for 15 from nine) were the most effective on what proved to be an historic day.

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