The ladies first team started off their season with a visit to last years runners up Copdock who always provide good competitive cricket. In a shock change, a Jones won a cricket toss with Emma choosing to field first on a high scoring ground which can help chasing teams.
Felixstowe opened the bowling with Plum O'Riordan and Chloe Leveridge who provided a steady start although there were some very good shots being played by Sheldene Ford-Keeble with a few early boundaries setting off an even start. Felixstowe let Copdock off the hook early on with Sheldene being dropped a couple of times which proved costly as she went on to hit 14 boundaries on the way to making 88 before being bowled in the final over, a terrific innings which deserved a hundred. Contributions from Megan Kelland (16), Beth Quinton (26) led Copdock to 154-4, an above par score albeit on a high scoring ground.
Good spells of bowling by Plum who bowled 3 overs for just 15 runs, Alice 4 overs 1 for 22 and Kat Hales 2 overs 1-10 who kept Copdock from going big at the end.
Felixstowe opened the batting needing a quick start with Emma Jones & Plum O'Riordan and unfortunately the chase got off to a bad start with Plum being caught for 0 and Emma being bowled for 8 despite early promise. Chloe Leveridge and Alice Lowe had to rebuild during the early overs which put Felixstowe behind the rate to push towards the second half of the 20 overs. A good partnership was broken with Chloe falling for 18 and Alice for 23.
Kat Hales provided some middle order hitting finding the boundary with ease and an excellent innings from young Grace Collins meant Felixstowe to finish on 110-6. A game which could have gone much differently had catches been taken but all credit to Copdock in all forms of their game who proved to be too strong on this occasion.
Felixstowe will hope to avenge the result when the two teams face off at Dellwood on the 9th June.
Player of the match: Kat Hales