Norfolk Ladies go down fighting in tough opener against Scotland

Norfolk Ladies ahead of their opening match of the 2016 season, against Scotland at Fakenham CC. Bac

Norfolk Ladies ahead of their opening match of the 2016 season, against Scotland at Fakenham CC. Back row, from left, Kevin Denmark ( Manager ) Stephen Girling, Robyn Edge, Aimee Palmer, Amie Hutchinson, Peggy Tirimanna, Caitlin Dye, Hannah Free, Candy Cornelius, Tom Davies ( Coach ), Front row, Morgan Burt, Shannon Spencer, Beth Harmer, Emily Woodhouse ( captain ) Bethan Cornell, Lauren Hemp, Rachel Chettleburgh. - Credit: Submitted

Norfolk Ladies acquitted themselves well in their first Royal London National League Division Three fixture of the season against their more experienced opponents from Scotland.

The visitors batted first at Fakenham and posted a very challenging 226 for seven from their 50 overs, with wickets for Beth Harmer, Bethan Cornell, Candy Cornelius, Emily Woodhouse and Rachel Chettleburgh and two early run-outs.

In reply Norfolk recovered having lost three wickets without scoring a run after two overs and finished a respectable 162 all out after 46 overs. Woodhouse top scored with 33 with other contributions from Morgan Burt (20) and Lauren Hemp (19).

Team manager Kevin Denmark said: 'This was a tough introduction to cricket at this level but the girls acquitted themselves well and will have learned from the experience and are looking forward to a busy fixture schedule over the season.'

The next home fixture is on Sunday, May 29 when the Netherlands are the visitors to Manor Park (11am, spectators welcome, entry free).

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