LAST Sunday saw Bridgwater Cricket Club’s Ladies side play in the National Plate finals day, hosted by Newport Cricket Club, and come out triumphant.

In the semi-final, Bridgwater – who had Georgia Edmundson standing in as skipper in place of her sister Amy Edmundson, who was unavailable – met Stony Stratford Cricket Club, who won the toss and elected to bat first.

Bridgwater restricted their opponents to 122-5 off their 20 overs, with Laura Gibson taking three wickets, and Jennifer Poole and Edmundson one apiece.

In reply, Bridgwater chased down the total in 16.5 overs, for the loss of just two wickets.

This was largely down to a strong opening partnership, with Poole constructing a solid 30 and Bernadette Forge scoring 60 not out off 56 balls to see the game home.

The final was played later that day against Cottingham Cricket Club, who won the toss and decided to put Bridgwater in to bat.

The women set a very strong total, scoring 185-4 from the 20 overs.

This score was again built around a fantastic innings from Forge, who scored 114 not out off 68 balls, including 18 4s and a 6.

There were also cameo contributions from Ella Johnson and Josie Cherson, who finished on 21no.

Bridgwater were in control from ball one of the Cottingham innings, ultimately bowling the opposition out for 99.

Notable performers with the ball were Tilly Bond, who took three wickets for 10 runs, and Poole again, who took three wickets for just two runs.

Ana Richards also took two wickets and Laura Gibson another.

This meant that Bridgwater Ladies had won the National Plate competition, which is a fantastic effort by all.

The team would like to thank everyone who has helped and supported them throughout the campaign, including Stuart Butt for coaching and organising, Andrew Skidmore for his support and Chris Cowley for scoring.

Bridgwater Cricket Club would also like to extend a special thank you to Falcon Self-Drive for providing the minibus, and to the ECB for their efforts in establishing the competition.