A couple of first wins, one from each division, plus great sportship from Cornwood the highlights of Sunday, June 9’s women’s hardball action as Harry Everett rounds up.

Exmouth Women won their very first Tolchards Devon Women's Cricket League match on Sunday afternoon against Topsham St James.

Losing the toss and being put into bat, Exmouth scored 210 off their 35 overs with Liv Smith top-scoring with 75 off 60 balls, and contributions from Katelyn Clark (20), Eloise Escott (18), Sharon Dawkins (22) and Jasmyne Watson (20).

Watson (2/16) and Emily Colton (2/27) opened the bowling with Topsham finding themselves 48/4, with an awesome catch from the birthday girl Dawkins too.

Laila Escott (2/22) and Smith (2/10) kept the pressure on and Exmouth bowled Topsham out for 80 to win by 130 runs.

Hatherleigh Women's 1st XI also saw their first league win of the season.

Losing the toss and put into bat, the Hatherleigh Chloes made an excellent start. An unfortunate LBW decision for Chloe Dennis (34) allowed Mia to come in to join skipper Rose and they had a partnership of 42 before Mia was run out.

Rose (55) batted with intent before being run out also and crucially Angie Rose ran two off the last ball to get her team to 160 - the next batting point!  Frankie Lee (2-21 off five) was the standout Plympton bowler.

Plympton’s reply started poorly, Hatherleigh’s Eloise Maxa and Hester Presswell bowled tightly in the first few overs and took 3 early wickets. A strong batting performance from Darcy Boote (38) kept the run chase going, but eventually she fell to the bowling of Libby Carroll.

Special mention goes to Sophie Evans, fresh from a winter rowing in New Zealand, who bowled in her first league game - and took two wickets! Plympton dismissed for 89.

Also a special shout-out to Cornwood’s Gemma Lancaster for this week’s unofficial Spirit of Cricket award. She politely instructed her side to wait for Exeter’s late arrival when they could have technically taken the points and made Exeter concede, rather than playing the game and losing.

In this game, recent England ladies 50 over side twelthers-Amelie Munday opened up with 53 off 42 balls, but Exeter needed Rosalie Fairbairn and Lucy Vosper at nine and ten to bail them out with a 67-run partnership to get to 170 all out.

Shini Al Khalid the home standout bowler with 3-31. Cornwood were steamrolled for 43 in reply as Katie Donovan showed her class again with 3-9.

To round up Division One, North Devon beat Paignton by four wickets despite Hollie Perkin’s 89*. Regina Lilii’s 73* was added to by many chip-ins for the northern side.

Back in Division Two, Bovey beat Clyst by six wickets in a low-scoring, bowler-dominated match and Exeter 2s smashed Bradninch and Kentisbeare by 10 wickets in a similarly low-scoring affair.