New signing Jodie Dibble starred on her opening weekend as a Nottinghamshire player as the side took one win and a loss from their Bank Holiday weekend double header.
The former Devon twirler took 3-7 and hit 33 in a low-scoring victory over Sussex on Sunday before adding a further 23 runs and a wicket during Monday’s defeat against Kent.
Head Coach Martyn Kiel heaped praise on the experienced spinner after her first few games in the side.
“Jodie has been a great addition to the side,” he said.
“She’s dynamic in the field, slow left arm and middle order bat - this weekend she finished Sussex off with three quick wickets and top scored to reach the target in 17 overs.
“She looked comfortable at the crease against Kent and I know she will disappointed not to have gone on and got 80 odd to see us home.
“I thought Kirstie bowled really well at the weekend picking up 5 wickets over the two days and it was good to see Rosie Penford on the field again having not played since June last year.”
It was a mixed start for the women’s side as they beat Sussex by five wickets but fell short against Kent, who beat them by 41 runs, and Kiel acknowledged the bittersweet nature of the two results.
“After beating Sussex on Sunday having bowled them out for 70 and gaining some momentum going into day two, its frustrating not to have come away with a second win against Kent,” he said.
“186 was a very gettable target, however looking back we let Kent get away from us having had them 81 for 5.
“We needed a decent partnership or two to see us get over the line - to finish 42 short with 7 overs in hand is frustrating.”
Following the two opening results, Kiel has already identified key areas in which the side can improve.
“In both games we have taken wickets up front with the new ball and the spinners have carried that on as well, we just need to learn to sit in and build pressure when wickets aren’t falling,” he said.
“Our ground fielding is improving and we need to take chances when they come our way.
“From a batting perspective, we need to build partnerships.
“Players that get starts need to go and get big scores that will set games up and in particular when chasing we need to take the game as deep as possible,” he continued.
“We have two weeks to get ourselves ready for Warwickshire, we need to put the disappointment of the Kent defeat, build on the positive things we have done and sharpen up in the areas we have identified.”
Nottinghamshire’s women are next in action on Sunday 14 May against Warwickshire at the Edgbaston Foundation Ground.