Doncaster Town’s ladies lost narrowly to Lightcliffe in Yorkshire League Division Two.
The Town Field women were dealt a big blow when former England international Bev Nicholson withdrew due to illness.
But Doncaster’s inexperienced line-up rallied to produce a very encouraging display and lose out with just one over remaining.
Lightcliffe won the toss and chose to field. Stand-in skipper Michelle Styring and Lesley Tew got Town off to a solid start with the bat by putting on 65 for the first wicket.
Styring went onto to score 72 before being caught and bowled. She received support from Louise Beaumont-Butcher (16) as Doncaster posted a total of 135.
Styring and Beaumont-Butcher then opened the bowling and made scoring tough for Lightcliffe.
Wickets fell steadily and with the visitors on 102-8 with ten overs left the game was firmly in the balance, before a tenth wicket partnership saw Lightcliffe home in the penultimate over.
Styring, who finished with 3-22 with the ball, said: “It was a fantastic performance by the girls who are improving every week.
“There were some excellent fielding displays too. All the girls contributed to a great game played in the right spirit.”