A busy week for myself and womens cricket
With games for seniors, 20/20, potential quarter final for U13s a busy scheduale is on the cards .....
The week began with a win over Scotland for the senior side at Stirling, a great backdrop in the Scottish sun. We bowled Scotland out for 140 with excellent bowling from Bhumi and 4 wickets for the returning Kathryn Cross. Batting wavered a little but we knocked them off with plenty of overs to spare with contributions from Kathryn Cross and Hayley Martinus.
I returned home for one night to travel back North to Kendal for the U13s last game of the season where they put in a brilliant performance against Cumbria. Some strong batting from Nalisha Patel (91) and contributions from Rachel Dickinson (32) and Ellie Ralston (36) allowed us to set 192 for Cumbria to chase. Some tight bowling and regular wicket taking only allowed Cumbria to reach 46 all out. Nalisha Patel had a great game claiming 4 wickets for just 2 runs. This win means Lancashire finish top of the North league and we await who we play in the quarter finals on Saturday.
From Kendal i drove straight over to York to spend 3 days with the 2nd X1 squad against Yorkshire. I picked up some useful fielding drills, tactical aspects and their professional approach to the game. But above all we beat Yorkshire!
A tough weekend faced the senior team as we played Scotland on the 31st, travel to 20/20 tournament (4 games in 2 days in Leicester), play Netherlands on Thursday 4th and then finish with tough game vs Staffordshire on Sunday 7th.
We fell short of our best in the second game vs Scotland on Sunday. Our batting didn’t withstand the slope at Fulwood and Broughton and with only 88 on the board we were always going to struggle. We took 2 wickets in reply and bowled nearly 30 overs but it was never going to be enough unless we took all 10 wickets. We will pick ourselves up and turn our hand to 20/20 this week.
Whilst all this is happening the U11s squad are down in Kent playing in the first U11 girls tournament for Counties. I wish them the best of luck and hope my brother, who is travelling as assistant coach has plenty of energy!
I will be back to my other job next week as community coach for Fylde running summer camps at Kirkham Cricket Club all week hopefully celebrating a place in the semi finals with the U13 county girl’s squad.
Jen Laycock (firstname.lastname@example.org)