BRIDGWATER are through to the regional final of the ECB Women’s Club T20 Cup after a convincing seven-wicket victory over Charlbury on Sunday.

After being put into bat the Charlbury openers gave their side a good start and put on 63 before Caitlin Burnett accounted for Georgia Brown for 14.

Wickets then started to tumble as Charlotte Phillips (2-13) and Ana Richards (2-8) took two wickets each as the hosts slipped to 97-5.

Charlbury finished on 118-7 and when the visitors responded Bernadette Forge dominated proceedings, adding 41 for the first wicket with Jemima Turner (7), 28 with Burnett (8) and 27 with Ella Johnson (4).

Forge went to her 50 off 32 balls with seven fours and one six and remained unbeaten on 62 off 40 by the time Bridgwater reached 119-3 in 13.2 overs.

Bridgwater will be at home in the regional final (date tbc) against either Cornwood or Chapel Gate.

WEPL Premier 1

Lansdown 257 beat Bridgwater 230 by 27 runs

A VERY mixed display saw Bridgwater’s men’s first XI slump to a disappointing defeat at sunny Lansdown on Saturday.

Missing key players in Calum Haggett, Chris Skidmore and Andrew Skidmore (all through injury), they came up against a strong home side who had recruited five new players for the challenge of Premier 1 cricket.

Skipper Merv Hallaran inserted the home side and a sharp bit of fielding from Chris Singleton ran out Oskar Kolk in the first over.

This was followed up by good opening spells from Ian Higgins and Ned Leonard, which saw Gloucester professional Brandon Allen (30) survive the first drop of the innings when in single figures, before he was finally claimed by Higgins (1-40).

Pace was taken off the ball as Max Waller (2-41) and Matt Habberfield (2-47) started to work their way through the top order, reducing the home side to 143-6 just after the drinks break.

However, a hard-hit ton from Jordan Price (106no), who rode his luck somewhat with being dropped twice and surviving a strong appeal for a stumping, and 45 from partner Dom Hooper added 83 crucial runs.

Singleton returned to pick up a season’s best 4-32 at the death to leave the home side on a very competitive 257 all out.

In reply, the visitors got off to the worst possible start, losing Hallaran and Steve Davis in the first over - both adjudged lbw to the left arm in-swing of Smith - before Liam Kitch (23) recovered the situation somewhat.

They were then reduced to 75-5 before Stuart Butt (53) and Waller (39) added 69 to give Bridgwater some hope, but Waller fell to a boundary catch.

Leonard (14) kept up the pace before he fell in the same fashion, swiftly followed by Butt with the score on 173-8.

Singleton (37no) was to complete an excellent day for himself by batting sensibly with Habberfield to take their side to maximum batting points and 10 for the game, before the innings closed on 230 to leave Bridgwater ruing a display in the field that had allowed Lansdown far too many easy runs.

Match travel sponsor: Falcon Vehicle Solutions and Charles Dickens; match ball sponsor: TMB Patterns Ltd.

On Tuesday evening (6.15pm), Bridgwater are away to Taunton Deane in the second round of the SCB Major Cup, and on Saturday they go to Bedminster (12.30pm).