Week 3 County Girls Fixtures
Week commencing 21st May sees U15 development squad in action along with 1st X1 opening game of the season
The U15 Development squad travelled to an extremely sunny Austerlands CC for a friendly vs. Yorkshire U15. A touch of confusion over the border on how strong a side to bring may have been our downfall. Lancashire gave chances to 3 U13 girls who have developed well over the winter. Yorkshire batted first on a hot day and posted 159 in 40 overs. A respectable score with Amy Holloran scoring 70. The Lancashire girls bowled and fielded tightly in the heat. Some tight overs from Hannah Jones, Eva Staunton-Turner and Hannah Mansell along with wickets falling regularly the girls proved a good fielding and bowling unit. However it fell apart after tea when we turned our minds to batting. Wickets fell too quickly and no partnerships formed. The girls were unable to gain any momentum, some poor shot selection and tight bowling meant we were on damage control fairly early on. Emily Weetman was the pick of the batters scoring a well rounded 23. Well done to all the girls who played their first roses match and also those playing their first game for Lancashire. With pointers to work on we hope to progress next week when the girls travel to Shropshire for a friendly there.
The 1st X1 embarked on their first game of the season at King Edwards School in Birmingham vs. Warwickshire. A hot day and what seemed a good batting track greeted the girls. I lost the toss and we were asked to field, something i didn’t mind too much. Early wickets from Jasmine Titmuss (2 for 21 off 10) and Kate Cross (2 for 20 off 10) gave us a great start. Helen Shipman provided some stability to the innings scoring 68, assisted by Marie Kelly they put on 70 for the 5th wicket. Natalie Brown picked up 2 wickets and Chloe Wallwork picked up the wicket of Helen Shipman. A re-occurring sight in the second innings, Lancashire batting collapse. We were unable to generate any momentum or form partnerships, something that was key in our game plan. Myself (17) and Jess Couser (13) top scored providing some resistance but we were unable to reach 100 mark.
We face Netherlands on Sunday at Urmston CC followed by Wales at Haydock on Monday. Both 11am start, 50 overs, come down and support us if you are in the area.
A big thank you to Hartley Wadsworth and Elevate Sports Management for their support and shirt sponsorship for the 1st X1 team this season.
See photo gallery to the right for photos of U15 development side, 1st X1 in action and sponsors.
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