Alton’s women’s team slipped to a 31-run defeat at Wessex Women, despite a superb century by skipper Jorja Wright.

Winning the toss and electing to bowl, Alton skipper Wright picked up the wicket of the dangerous Victoria Pack (12) with the last ball of her first spell. Mollie Joyce and Brooke Williams put on a 154-run partnership before Williams was bowled by Mel Vaggers for 60. Joyce was then run out by wicketkeeper Abi Green for an excellent 128.

Wright picked up her second wicket with the penultimate ball of the innings to get the Brewers another bowling point, with the hosts posting 249 for four.

Alton’s reply was a case of what might have been. Wright set off at a blistering pace, but the visitors lost four early wickets. Vaggers joined her skipper at the crease and the pair put on 88 for the fifth wicket before a calamitous run out saw the end of Vaggers for 43. The run out came when the Brewers were well placed to chase down their target. When Grace Chester was then run out the contest was essentially over.

Wright closed in on her maiden century as Alton closed in on 200 and maximum batting points. Wright composed herself and received excellent support from the left-handed Emily Pascoe.

Alton quickly went past the 200-run mark, and Wright finished on 124 not out as Alton scored 218 for six off their allotted 40 overs. Despite falling to a 31-run defeat, the day belonged to Wright.