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GRACIE Clark and younger brother Alfie hit their maiden half centuries within several hours of each other!

Gracie (15) was dismissed on 51 after opening for Gloucestershire Girls U15 Development squad who went on to overcome Buckinghamshire by 98 runs at Chipping Sodbury where she also took 1-6 from three overs and held a catch.

And that evening it was the turn of 13-year-old Alfie to reach the landmark for the first time when he retired on 50 exactly for Coalpit Heath U15s who lost a Bristol Youth League cup match at Thornbury by 19 runs.

He had earlier taken 2-12 from three overs.

Mum Michelle said: “I think it was sibling rivalry at its best!

“Gracie opened for Gloucestershire and did really well as her previous highest score was 38. There was enough time to go home and for her to have a power nap before we went to Thornbury to watch Alfie and for me to score the game.

“No one wanted to open so he said he would have a go. Alfie was on 35 before he spotted the electronic scoreboard and then went on the defensive for a while before completing his 50.

“We celebrated with fish and chips on the way home!”

Alfie, whose previous highest score was 48, and Gracie both attend Colston’s and live in Westerleigh.

The pair and father Fraser have played together several times already for Coalpit Heath 3rds while Michelle enjoys playing soft ball for the South Gloucestershire village club.

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