National Champions sounds good!
Exciting times for women and girls cricket in the county as the U13 girls become National Champions with ease!
Two days at Denby Cricket Club in Derbyshire finish with celebrations for the U13 girls!
Day one vs. Somerset: Lancashire won the toss and under grey skies and a damp wicket we bowled first. An excellent catch by Maisie Cole leaping in the air and sticking up a hand at cover removes Somerset’s opening batter second ball off the bowling of Lamb. Emma Lamb also removes their number 3 who was looking a little dangerous hitting the ball hard. Rachel Dickinson found her voice to appeal and take 2 LBWs. Some tight bowling from Nalisha Patel and Maisie Cole meant wickets fell regularly. We bowled Somerset out for 27 and even the sun threatened to shine. The girls fielded very well and Emma Simpson took a sharp stumping off Nalisha Patel. The openers, Emma Lamb and Eleanor Threlkeld headed to the middle with instructions to play the ball on its merits and take their time. 5 overs later they were on their way back having knocked off the runs! The girls hit the bad ball for four and ran very well between the wickets.
E Lamb 2 for 11 off 4 and 10*
R Dickinson 2 for 9 off 4
N Patel 2 for 4 off 3
M Cole 3 for 3 off 2.3
E Threlkeld 13*
Evening team meal at Nandos and some slight bedtime antics finished day 1 in Derby.
Day 2 vs Sussex. Lancashire lost the toss and amid some cheering from Sussex we were not too unhappy about losing it. We backed ourselves to set a target and bowl any team out for less. Which is exactly what the girls set about doing. A strong start from Emma Lamb and Eleanor Threlkeld meaning we were 60 for 0 off 6 overs. Eleanor was punishing the bad ball well and after a few hairy runs both girls settled down and ran very well between the wickets. They picked up some excellent singles and but Sussex’s field placings into disarray! One tight run too many and Eleanor Threlkeld was run out for an excellent 48. Nalisha Patel set off well only to run herself out ended up at the same end as Emma Lamb when attempting a third run! Ellie Ralston, Rachel Dickinson and Sami Fowler followed fairly quickly with 3 wickets in one over. Hannah Jones demonstrated she doesn’t just bowl hitting her first ball back over the bowlers head for 4. At 171 for 5 with just 1 over left Emma Lamb took one chance too many and was run out for a well paced knock of 73. We finished 174 for 7 off out 30 overs. Sussex began well and were 20 off 4 overs until Emma Lamb struck again followed closely by Rachel Dickinson. 36 for 4 soon became 36 for 7 and then 43 for 10. Some tight bowling from Nalisha and Maisie again and good catching from all involved meant we came out Champions.
Emma Lamb 73 and 1 for 11 off 4
Eleanor Threlkeld 48
Hannah Jones 19*
Rachel Dickinson 3 for 23 off 4
Nalisha Patel 3 for 2 off 2.2
Maisie Cole 2 for 3 off 2.
A great team performance both on the day and also to get all the way to the finals. The girls received compliments from umpires and spectators who commented on the professionalism, field settings and ability to create pressure by bowling tight.
I would like to thank all the parents who helped transport their children, all those who supported us this season, anyone who helped out with the scoring - particularly Tony Culshaw who has a trophy for his hard work! Myself and Chris would like to say a huge Well Done to the girls, you performed to your best all season and we have had many performances of note. You have given us selection headaches every day and you have proved to yourselves you can do it.
National Champions Squad:
Ellie Ralston (capt)
Emma Simpson (wkt)