STOKELL SCORES HALF CENTURY AS IRELAND BEAT WALES

Ireland Under 19 girls bounced back from their opening day loss to Warwickshire to record a 5-wicket win over Wales at the Malvern Festival.

Four wickets apiece for Saintfield spinner Cara Murray (4-19) and skipper Gaby Lewis (4-7) saw Wales slump from 57-1 to 118 all out.

Georgia Parfitt (36) and Ella Reed (29) were the main run scorers for the Welsh.

The Irish reply got off to a disastrous start and they were reeling at 29 for 4 before the Leinster pair of Rebecca Stokell and Ellen Ridgeway launched a fightback.

Stokell began cautiously before unleashing some powerful pulls and drives on her way to an unbeaten 58, hitting 6 fours and 3 sixes as she shared stands of 44 with Ridgeway (23), and 46 with Sadbh Breslin (10*).

The Girls in Green are in action twice on Friday as they play Wales and Buckinghamshire in T20 contests.


MALVERN FESTIVAL,

At Colwall, Ireland U19 girls beat Wales U19 girls by 5 wickets

WALES 118 all out (44.5 overs; G Parfitt 36, E Reed 29; G Lewis 4-7, C Murray 4-19)

IRELAND 119-5 (31 overs; R Stokell 58*, E Ridgeway 23; C Scarborough 2-13)