Women's Armed Forces Cricketers Take On Strong Welsh Team

The military outfit suffered a 109 run defeat...

The UK Armed Forces Women’s cricket team lost their latest match to a Wales Women Development side in Aldershot.

The military outfit suffered a 109 run defeat.

A young Wales Women’s development side arrived under blue skies in Aldershot for the clash with the UK Armed Forces outfit.

The Women’s Cricket Association in Wales was only formed in 2002, but now hundreds of women are playing the game with the best feature at international level.

Batting first Wales were quick to show their class with Gabby Basketter slashing the UKAF bowling attack to the boundary.

Basketter bullied the bowlers as the Dragons opener put the forces side to the sword. The military women were working hard in the field to keep the score down.

It was the Navy’s Lou Worsfold who made the breakthrough, she cut short Libby Thomas’s time at the crease, out for a neat 19 with Wales 56 for 1.

But even Worsfold wasn’t immune to Basketter’s bombarding of the boundary. 

With Basketter rattling off the runs with ease, UKAF targeted the other end and Gabbie Clarke claimed the wicket of Lorri Matthews to make it 90 for two.

The total had moved along significantly by the time Clark struck again. Ella Reed cut into the clutches of the Army’s Kirsty Gavillet and Wales were now 146 for 3.

Having enjoyed a season playing cricket in Australia Basketter was adept at playing on the dry pitch at Aldershot but when she hit her hundred from 83 balls she removed herself from the fray. 

She retired allowing a teammate time to bat and afford UKAF some respite with Wales effectively 158 for 4.  

The Forces side kept to their guns with Mel Vaggers amongst the wicket-takers towards the end of the innings.

However, Wales reached 205 for 9 from their 40 overs meaning UKAF would need to score a smidge above 5 an over to eclipse the visitors total. 

The reply got off to a shaky start with the early dismissal of Clarke. She was caught out by who else, but Basketter from the bowling of Leah Redmond and UKAF were 11 for 1. 

However, Georgie Cant and Worsfold started the rebuilding process for the home side and forged a useful partnership.

Worsfold was looking commanding at the crease and UKAF began to eat into the target.

Just when things were looking good for the batting side it began to unravel at an alarming rate.

Cant was undone by the bowling of Nicole Reid and the quick reactions of Bathan Gammon behind the stumps and Wales had their second wicket with the score 74 for 2.

A few balls later Worsfold was on her way. Sophia Smale taking the key UKAF wicket and the collapse was in full flow. 

The tumble of timbers continued as UKAF slumped from 74 for to 98 all out and Wales enjoyed a 109 run win much to the frustration of the home side. 

UKAF will now look to bounce back as they face further top class opposition later in the week when they take on the might of the MCC women.