MISTLEY Cricket Club hosted a successful ladies' open day.

The event was sponsored by Active Essex - one of the club's ladies' 2017 supporters.

The day was a tremendous success, with eight new ladies and girls taking part.

They all featured in a morning friendly against a mixed team of Ipswich and East Suffolk and a few Mistley ladies.

The game resulted in a draw, played in a great spirit, and all the new players had a positive first experience.

In the afternoon match, a stronger Mistley ladies' side, proudly wearing their new coloured kit sponsored by Harmonix Entertainment, took on Copdock ladies - the reigning champions of the Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship T20 League.

Mistley opened the batting with Susannah Martin and Sophie Southgate getting them off to a flying start with 17 and 18 respectively.

Mistley captain Candy Cornelius then went into bat and made an impressive 85 not out off 45 balls, hitting 14 boundaries.

Supported by a few others, the ladies made a respectable total of 166 which they managed to defend with some tight bowling in the final overs by Jemima Martin and Nikki Brown.

Mistley won by 26 runs - an impressive victory and a fantastic start to the season.

Afterwards the club extended their thanks to Active Essex, for making the day possible.