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Record tumbles to Clarke and Eaton

Julie Clarke

Julie Clarke hit her maiden hundred during a record-breaking double-century partnership with Cheryl Eaton, who made 74

Bedfordshire Ladies openers Julie Clarke and Cheryl Eaton created history on Saturday with the first double-century partnership in the East Anglian Women's Premier League as their side thrashed Mildenhall by 188 runs.

Clarke and Eaton amassed 202 in 24 overs, which was also Bedfordshire Ladies’ maiden double-hundred alliance, before Clarke retired on 112 to allow some of the younger players some valuable batting time. In her first century she found the boundary 20 times.

Eaton hit 74 and rotated the strike superbly, allowing Clarke to kick on to three figures. Following the former’s departure, Bedfordshire’s scoring slowed in the final stages of their innings and they finished on 255 for five. However, Mildenhall were bowled out for 67 from 35 overs.

Bedfordshire Ladies manager Steve Feazey said: "To be honest I know they are both excellent players but I never expected us to put on 200 runs in 24 overs.

“Julie normally opens the batting and Cheryl normally [goes] in at four, so for Cheryl to play with such confidence opening the batting was a huge positive.

"Julie has to take a huge amount of credit for the way she conducted herself while reaching her first ever century. It really was a fantastic knock.

"We now have a month until our next league game against Bishop Stortford CC but we have a couple of friendlies coming up, so hopefully we can carry our form into these games."