Girls inspired by England world cup success
Inspired by the events of the previous Sunday, where the England women’s team snatched victory against India to win the world cup, teams from all parts of the country travelled to Denby CC (Derbyshire) to play in the Lady Taverners Girls U13 and U15 T20 competitions.
Rain greeted the teams on their arrival at Denby CC for the U13s T20 national finals and prospects of play looked fairly bleak, however, everyone involved was determined to stay later to try and get the games in and avoid the dreaded bowl out! The ground staff did a magnificent job throughout the afternoon which resulted in two, eight over a side, semi-finals.
Corbridge narrowly beat St Cross Symondians by three runs defending their score of 55, with Hayes, who defeated J & G Meakin, 59-2. The 3rd and 4th play-off was won by J & G Meakin who beat St Cross in a low scoring game.
The final proved nearly as tense as the Women’s World Cup Final, Corbridge batted first and made 100-4 off their 16 allocated overs, 87 of which were scored in a second wicket partnership between Lizzie Scott (43) and Ciara Boaden (30*). Hayes seemingly had the game won in the chase though and had victory in their grasp after some superb batting between Ryana Macdonald-Gay (45) and Phoebe Wilkinson (32).
Needing only five runs off the last two overs with five wickets in hand the penultimate over bowled by captain Katie Chomse only went for two runs with one wicket falling. Huge pressure was now on Harriet Robson bowling the last over, but she responded with a magnificent triple wicket maiden, aided by two run outs, to win the game for Corbridge by two runs.
The gloomy weather forecasts were proved wrong at Denby CC for the U15 finals where players and spectators enjoyed a full day’s cricket. They also received a further boost when they were joined by Lancashire and England’s Kate Cross on the day.
In the morning’s semi-finals Hayes, got past beat Porthill Park by chasing down their score of 48, with Sessay, 129-5, convincingly beating Newport who fell to 58 all out.
The 3rd and 4th play-off was an exciting game with another tense finish, Porthill made 90-4, but in reply Newport, led by captain Sophie Thomas (52), looked to be in a strong position but as soon as she was out wickets tumbled. Grace Potts pulled off two run outs and tight bowling from Lucy Shenton, including a triple wicket maiden, put Newport under pressure with them eventually being bowled out for 89 in the last over and losing by one run.
The final was more clear cut, Sessay notched up 129-5 with Jess Woolston top scoring with 52, Hayes fought hard with Grace Jennings scoring 57 but they couldn’t keep up with the required rate and finished on 91-3, meaning Sessay were crowned U15 national champions with a winning margin of 37 runs.