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Issy Routledge shines for Thriplow and Cambridgeshire under-18s

Cambridgeshire under-18s after their match at Fenner's. Picture: Kevin Scully (50508821)
Cambridgeshire under-18s after their match at Fenner's. Picture: Kevin Scully (50508821)

Issy Routledge has amassed 350 runs in two innings.

An opening stand of 218 between Routledge and Sammy Borcoski helped Cambridgeshire under-18 girls record a 120-run win over Norfolk in a special match at Fenner’s.

Borcoski hit 54 off 79 balls, while Routledge plundered a massive 171 not out off 151 balls.

Sally Phelps arrived late on to make 16 off 14 as Cambs closed on 268 for 1, with Norfolk sticking to their task and working hard at the university ground.

The bowling duties were shared around, with Jemaira Vestey, Olivia Welham and Izzy James taking two wickets apiece and Freya Houlden and Eloise Borcoski getting one each as Norfolk were bowled out for 148 in 37.5 overs as Cambs seized on their opportunity at Fenner’s.

Routledge followed that with a club record innings for Thriplow in the Women’s East Anglian Premier League against Woolpit.

Thriplow elected to bat, and Routledge reached her century in 85 balls, with support from Sally Phelps and Sama Malik, and then put on 98 runs with Kelly Haynes in six overs.

Routledge was finally out for 179, which included 33 boundaries, while Haynes made 56 off 28 as Thriplow closed on 314 for 8.

Woolpit were then bowled out for 91, with Georgia Wynne-Jones taking three for 20 and all five Thriplow bowlers in the wickets. They now have four matches to seal the inaugural EAPL women’s title.

Cambridgeshire under-11 girls had a successful tour to Malvern College, securing three wins out of four.

In their first match, a T35 against Berkshire, Bella Ackerman top-scored with 22 as they posted 141 all out.

Edith Ayliffe and Natasha Cousins took two wickets apiece and Alice Ayliffe got one as Berkshire were all out for 111 in 24.2 overs.

Next up was a T20 double header against Gloucestershire.

Athene Ross (23) and Katie Ronco (21) had a successful partnership to help Cambs reach 94 for 5.

Cambs fielded well in reply and Cousins snared three wickets, but Glos scraped the win by one run with one ball to spare, posting 95 for 8 off 19.5.

It was a tense second match. Glos reached 122 for 6 off their 20 overs, as Edith Ayliffe claimed two wickets.

Olivia Kaser made 20 runs and was joined by captain Ross as they needed nine runs off the last four balls.

Ross hit a front drive for four, then ran two off a sweep, and then seized on some mis-fielding to turn two into four to end on 123 for 7 off 19.5.

Only one T20 was possible against Norfolk because of the weather.

Cambs elected to bat first, and Kaser celebrated her first half-century with 63 off 59 balls as they posted 161 for 2 off their 20 overs.

Phoebe Briggs snared two wickets as Cambs’ bowling restricted Norfolk’s run chase. They managed 89 for 6 off 17, which left them looking at 72 off the last three overs, giving Cambs victory to complete a good tour.

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