Week 1 County Girls Round Up
Week commencing 30th April saw 3 County girls friendly matches completed despite the rain around the County
The last two weeks have seen some serious rain throughout the County but the girls managed to get in some friendly games albeit the cold conditions.
First off at Fylde CC they U15s and the Development U15s merged together and formed two teams. They embarked on a 40 over game but unfortunately the bowling was too strong and the batters were not able to apply themselves sufficiently enough on a damp wicket. Catches were taken and the team batting first, guided by Chris Chambers were only able to post . In reply Chris Highton’s team saw Nalisha take control with the bat and she managed 28 not out before the team reached the total. Fylde CC proved great hosts, excellent teas and a great welcome. Well done to all the girls who are newly selected for 2012 who put their County shirt on for the first time.
Next up was 1st X1 game at Todmorden, on one of the coldest days i have played cricket we split the top 22 girls at 1st X1 and U17 level between two teams. The Red team, captained by Jasmine Titmuss batted first after winning the toss. A slow start with wickets falling regularly meant after 15 overs they were just 30 having lost 5 wickets. Jess Couser put up some resilience and batted well with Shannon Jackson but they were unable to stop the falling wickets. Alex Hartley steered the team with a 11 not out, to put 57 runs on the board. Wickets were shared between Cross, Fairclough, Doshi, Wallwork and Patel. The Blues batted sensibly with a good start from Emma Lamb and Bhumika Doshi with 10 and 25 runs respectively. Contributions from Jen Laycock (11), Nalisha Patel (7) and Meg Fairclough (14*) along with a excellent hard hitting performance from debutant Laura Marshall (41) meant the blue team posted 136 for 7 off 36 overs. Nat Brown picked up 3 wickets along with Alex Hartley, Sophie McArdle, Rachel Dickinson and Abbie Bates sharing the rest between them. All in all a good chance for batters to make their mark, bowlers to get outside and everyone to prepare outside for the coming season.
Tuesday 8th May saw U13s take on Cumbria in a friendly game. With Lancashire fielding 13 players and Cumbria 16 it meant we had a chance to see lots of young up and coming cricketers at Torrisholme CC. We were even blessed with some sun at times and Lancashire batted first and posted 150. A good batting performance but a little bit more responsibility required from some players at times. Natasha Fenton and Megan Wildish batted well, both retiring. A couple of excellent catches were taken early in the innings by the Cumbria girls. Lancashire came out to bowl and took the Cumbria batting line up apart. The girls bowled exceptionally well, full and straight was the order of the day. Evie Priestley coming out on top taking 5 wickets in her first game for U13s. Well done to all the players on the day, you did Lancashire proud.
Thanks to all the grounds and umpires for your services for these fixtures, we were well received at all grounds and look forward to visiting again in future years.