The ups and downs of womens cricket
The youngsters shine through after a tough week of cricket for the senior side
A week of ups and downs has been completed. Firstly to the youngest team, U11s who were in Kent last week. Some excellent feedback had come from both players and parents alike. The girls won again on Wednesday, after some nail biting moments i may add! Hertfordshire set us just 65 to win with Evie Priestly starring with the ball (5 for 2 off 5). She then performed heroics with the bat, at 28 for 9 Lancashire looked like losing but Evie came in at number 11 and took hold of the game. She finished on 25 not out. Well done girls! The u11s couldn’t hold out for an unbeaten run in Kent as they fell to the hosts on the final day. In a rain affected game, Kent posted 87 for 2 off 20 overs and Lancashire couldn’t quite get there finishing on 76 for 1. Evie Priestly and Lucy Staunton-Turner starred with the bat yet again! Well done girls on your cricket performances and i hope you all enjoyed it.
Next up the senior team faced Worcestershire in the 20/20, we posted 118 off the 20 overs. Myself scoring 44 not out and assisted by Bhumika, Hayley and Crossy (K Cross). Unfortunately we were unable to break their opening partnership and they knocked off the runs. We did however bowl very tightly and restricted them to 34 off 10 overs. This result meant we faced Cheshire in the 3rd and 4th play off. We ventured inside for some lunch and within 10 minutes the heavens open and a thunderstorm flooded the pitch. After swimming and sliding was completed the sun returned and the pitch was dry - if you were there you will know how amazing it is that we played after the torrential rain! Cheshire won the toss and opted to bat, they posted just 87 for 7 wickets. Jess Scothern and Kathryn cross batted well scoring 36 and 30 respectively. With 2 overs to spare, Chloe and Bhumika knocked off the runs leaving us in 3rd place. A decent position considering we were missing our left arm spinner and 2 key batters.
Next up Netherlands for the seniors on another wet day at Wythenshawe CC. After waiting around from 9.30 till 4.15 we decided to play a 20/20 game at 4.20. Not ideal for us! After just 27 overs of a game Lancashire came out second best. Some tight bowling and fielding combined with some hard hitting from Netherlands left Lancashire feeling sorry for themselves, none more so than Jess Scothern our wicket keeper who took one to the cheek bone whilst standing up. Black eye awaited her!
A excellent day of cricket awaited Lancashire seniors and U13s at Northern CC on Sunday 7th August. The U13s played Norfolk in the quarter finals. Norfolk elected to bat and may have wished they hadn’t when they were all dismissed for 18. Well done to Jess Nixon and Abi Culshaw both taking 3 wickets. Lancashire knocked the runs off losing just 1 batter to a run out. Well done girls, the semis and finals await us!
On the main pitch at Northern, Lancashire faced Staffordshire. After losing badly to them in staffs we wanted to make a mark on this game. That we did when their danger player Dani Wyatt was removed in the 2nd over by Jasmine Titmuss. The runs didn’t flow and after 20 overs they were 24 for 4. Not the most exciting game so far! We let them off the hook with some wayward bowling in the middle overs but pulled it back as we kept taking wickets. Some good catching and tight fielding meant we kept them to 150 off 50 overs with 9 wickets down. Nat Brown finished with 2 for 9 off 10 and myself 3 for 32 off 9. A slow start greeted us as well; the first wicket fell after 13 overs with just 11 runs on the board. Contributions from various people along with a good knock of 48 from Nat Brown left us in contention in the last 5 overs. Yet wickets fell and we ended up just 2 runs short of victory. Excellent effort girls, the best team performance so far.
A couple of weeks off for the seniors now until we face Worcestershire and Devon away in September. We need to win to keep us safe in this division. The U13s play the semi finals on the 1st September, opponents unknown as yet. The U17s were due to play Yorkshire today at Harrogate in their final game but i am unsure if any play had happened due to the weather.
Hoping for dry weather tomorrow as my summer camp players didn’t enjoy torrential rain today! Wet weather ideas welcome!!