Radlett Women defend low total in 28th consecutive win

Katie Pankhurst and Alexis Mannion bat for Radlett Women

Katie Pankhurst and Alexis Mannion bat for Radlett Women - Credit: Archant

Radlett Women shook off any rust after a three-week lay-off to pick up their 28th consecutive win.

In a 30-over match at home against Hampstead, Radlett were inserted after losing the toss.

Chloe Jackson (22) and Katie Pankhurst made a watchful start to the innings, putting on 40 runs for the first wicket, before the former was trapped LBW.

Samantha Battman (2) joined her in the pavilion but Alexis Mannion (32) formed an effective partnership with Pankhurst. The pair took the score to 90 before Mannion was caught at deep mid-off.

Initially Pankhurst and Amy Price made good headway with a flurry of boundaries taking the total to 119, before the opener was trapped LBW for 32. Price followed her having made 12.

Valuable contributions from Kanchana Gamage (6) and debutant Alice Lawman (4) pushed the total up but with the tail exposed Radlett found themselves all out for a below par 132.

A hostile opening spell from a fired-up Pankhurst surrendered just five runs from four overs while seamers Amy Price (0-19) and Natasha Martin (1-22) also bowled a consistent line.

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Gamage turned to Mannion and Jackson to bowl the middle overs. Leg-spinner Mannion was unplayable and, despite finishing wicket-less, her six overs went for only 10 runs.

Jackson conceded only 14 runs, and also took two crucial wickets from her spell.

With scoreboard pressure rising Hampstead began to lose their heads, twice chancing a run against Pankhurst’s arm and Battman’s reflexes, and twice seeing a batsman return back to the pavilion as a consequence.

Gamage (0-19) took it upon herself to bowl four pressure overs at the close of the innings and was also able to bring back Pankhurst (0-11) to demonstrate her own particular brand of off-spin bowling.

No further wickets came, but neither did any significant runs off the bat as Hampstead limped to three figures at the death, 33 runs short of their target.