CHLOE Skelton finished with fabulous figures of 6-40 from seven overs of off-spin as Cinderford St John completed a 25-run home victory over Hatherley & Reddings Seconds in Division Two of the Greene King IPA Gloucestershire County League.
The Gloucestershire Women’s squad all-rounder took two wickets in the final over to ensure maximum bowling points for the Forest side who are now in third place in the division.
Chloe, a member of the Western Storm Academy hit the stumps three times as Hatherley folded to defeat after 62 from Jake Nickell had earlier established a strong platform for the visitors.
Skelton had the honour of leading her victorious team from the field in what is becoming a memorable season for her – she hit an unbeaten 109 away to Huntley for the Seconds in May, her first century.
Cinderford’s bowlers built on the platform established with the bat, setting Hatherley the substantial target of 228.
Opener Jonathan Bowdler made a patient 51 while big-hitting Balasingham Sivathas added 47 and Simon Gwynne 36.
Balasingham and Gwynne stepped up the pace for Cinderford adding 71 runs between the 27th and 32nd overs, including 21 off the 30th.
The Cinderford innings finished on a high with Jack Weaving smashing a six with the final ball as he ended on 20 not out.
Hatherley were in touch with the required rate of 5.7 after 10 overs but the Cinderford bowlers applied the screw and with 10 overs to go the visitors were 97 runs short.
Jack Weaving picked up two wickets and the two Marks, Roberts and House, one each.
Hatherley picked up the pace and going into the last over they were 21 short of the total but had two wickets left.
Step forward Chloe Skelton who hit the target with the fourth delivery and, with the final ball, Bowdler showed quick reactions for the stumping, giving St John’s a 25-run win.
While Skelton took wickets, another young bowler was also having a remarkable day.
Lucia Carini-Roberts, who has represented Gloucestershire Under-17s girls, bowled two overs for Aston Ingham Thirds at Ruardean’s second side and came away with figures of 3-5.
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