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Newark R&M Cricket Club ladies complete Super 8s double

With the men’s games all washed off, it was down to Newark R&M ladies’ eight-a-side Sunday teams to provide the club's cricketing action last weekend.

First up was the club's maiden Super 8s 100 balls per innings game against a Blyth Ladies team that included a couple of very experienced batters.

Izzy and Rebecca Smith made welcome returns after finishing their exams to bolster the bowling line up, and Newark restricted Blyth to 109 from their 100 balls, which was a tremendous effort as Newark had to field a player short.

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Newark kept pace with the required run rate early on thanks to good work from Nandini Mehta but, after falling behind on the chase, were determined to see the innings through with wickets remaining, which they did after Karen Sanderson and captain Emma Anderson stubbornly protected the final wicket to allow the team to finish with a score of 73.

Definitely a first attempt at the 100 for the team to be proud of.

Next up was the Super 8s 16 overs per innings match against local rivals, Collingham and District Ladies.

This was really enjoyable game played in a great spirit with a great deal of banter and laughter both on and off the pitch as the game progressed, as both teams fielded players who also play in the two clubs' collaborative 11-a-side team.

Newark gave all their players some valuable bowling experience, which resulted in an unselfish sharing of wickets taken.

Karen Sanderson, Nandini Mehta, Jess Chambers and Emma Anderson each took a wicket each for Newark. There was also an excellent spell from Scarlett Bateman, straight back into the action with no practice following a break for GCSE exams. Alert and accurate fielding backed up the bowling and Newark restricted Collingham to a net score of 250.

Batting steadily, Newark always had the required target in reach, and a strong third pairing of Sophie Brown and captain Helen Gregorick ensured Newark overhauled their target with time to spare, finishing on a net score of 268.

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