Notts bounced back from derby-day defeat to overcome Leicestershire by six wickets at Collingham Cricket Club in the ECB Girls U18 One Day competition, and close the gap at the top of the Group 3 table. 

Ella Porter ripped through the visiting tail to finish with figures of 3-12 and reduce Leicestershire to 117, before contributions across the board with the bat earned the Green and Golds their third victory in the 50 over campaign, despite unforeseen injury woes and concurrent County Age Group matches reducing Notts to ten players. 

It took the home side just 3.2 overs to make their first inroad having won the the toss, Ashlie Richardson breaching the defences of Amy Helstip with 13 runs on the board, and she had her second in her next over, Kaushica Vaseeharan’s stumps also pegged back. 

Regular wickets proved the order of the Leicestershire innings, as opener Libby Hayward watched on from the non-striker’s end. 

On 28, the visitors lost their third, that of Lucy Weston bowled by Rhiannon Knowling-Davies, before D’Nica Roff offered Hayward some resolute support.

But Roff was sent packing following a 33 run partnership, bowled by Molly Greasby for 13, and her captain Aimee Colquhoun joined her in the pavilion two deliveries later, trapped lbw in the same over. 

Sensing the chance to capitalise, Notts wrapped up their final five wickets for the addition of just 56 runs.

Libby Perkins’ 20-ball stay at the crease was brought to an end when Porter caught off her own bowling, and Beth Black fell the same way for the addition of eight runs, Leicestershire perilously positioned on 99-7. 

Hayward, one of only three visiting players to make double figures, was the next to go when Diya Badge took the catch off Eloise Della-Spina’s bowling. By now the scoreboard showed 101, 63 of which had been from the blade of the opener.

After the speedy departure of Isabelle Hudson, Porter’s third victim, Leicestershire added 15 for the final wicket, and the Green and Golds could take to their reply.

Notts appeared to make light work of it too, although Niamh Doody could only contribute 10 before she was bowled by Hudson.

A second wicket partnership worth 38 took the hosts within range of the target, Porter and Elizabeth Grantham-Woodhouse scoring steadily before the former was dismissed for 30, and the latter soon after for 23 to leave Notts within 43 runs of their target with three wickets lost. 

Saide Hodgson and Della-Spinner made 21 and 23 respectively to guide the Green and Golds over the line, the home side using 33.3 of their allotted 40 overs to chase the total.