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County Girls Round up so far

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U13s top the division, U15 unbeaten, U17s unbeaten, U11 no play - rain, 1st X1 3 wins, 2 losses - 2012 looks a decent one for Lancashire girls so far

10th July U17s vs. Cheshire – cancelled no play

U17 vs. Wales 12th July – Northern CC saw the girls embark on the first U17s game due to so many being lost to rain. The sun shone and Lancashire asked Wales to bat first. Wales made 123 all out. Some tight bowling from all and 2 wickets for Lamb, Glover and Knowles the Lancashire girls had a good day in the field. Lancashire embarked on the batting element, a close game in the end as we made hard work of it near the end. However we reached 124 for 8 with just 2 balls to spare. Bhumika Doshi was the main stay of the innings with 48.

14th July 1st X1 vs. Cheshire. A Slow and low wicket greeted Lancashire at Nelson CC. Lancashire won the toss and decided to bat. We posted with  Natalie Brown (69) providing the main stay of the runs. Cheshire got off to a good start, scoring 70 for no loss. However the bowlers worked hard and took regular wickets to strangle Cheshire and dismiss them for 111. Wickets were shared out Bhumika Doshi taking the best fingers of 2 for 8 off 6.

15th July 1st X1 vs. Worcestershire. We travelled down to Worcester with hopes of another win and fingers crossed the rain wouldn’t spoil the day. A toss won and electing to field the scoreboard kept ticking away. No wickets until the introduction of Nalisha Patel with the score on 72 for 0. A great catch by Hayley Martinus saw the start of the wickets tumbling. Nalisha finished with 5 for 6 in her first game for the 1st X1. With a total of 111 set we set about making sure we got there. Jess Couser (27) and Laura Marshall (33*) provided the main support to the team. We got there with 6 overs to spare. Another good win for the 1st X1.

I headed off to Heathrow to board a plane to Netherlands to tour with MCC Women. With 4 games planned for the week we prayed we weren’t taking the rain with us. A mixed week of rain, sun, wins and losses! Some good cricket played, experiences gained and wickets taken.

19th July U17s vs. Northants – Nothants conceded.

20th July U15s Vs Staffordshire @ Newton Le Willows CC. Lancashire won the toss and elected to bat first. Hannah Till starred with the bat scoring 57. Lancashire posted 133 for 3 off 40 overs. A par score but some tight bowling put Lancashire on top. Hannah Knowles, 2 for 11 off 7, Emma Lamb 2 for 12 off 6 and Nalisha Patel in the wickets again with 4 for 10 off 8. Another great win for the girls.

22nd July 1st X1 vs. Devon @ Wigan CC. A sunny day greeted the girls with high hopes of another win making it 3 on the bounce and 4 for the season. Unfortunately a lost toss put us on the back foot and with just 139 on the board it was going to be a tough task. Emma Lamb top scored with 40. An early wicket gave us confidence but some good batting put Devon in control. Devon got over the line with 3 wickets down and 10 overs to spare. Nalisha took 2 wickets to keep her tally increasing for the season.

23rd July U17s vs. Derbyshire @ Staveley CC. Lancashire posted 180 for 9 off their 45 overs with Shannon Jackson making her maiden 50 for Lancashire, supported by Nalisha (29) and Hannah Till. Derbyshire were 158 for 10 off 41 overs. 2 run outs along with 2 wickets for Rachel Dickinson and Hannah Knowles. Another great win for a very young U17s side.

23rd July U13 vs. Shropshire @ Haydock CC. Lancashire won the toss on a slightly damp wicket and we elected to bowl first. Shropshire made 66 all out off 26 overs. Hannah Jones took 4 for 10 off 7, Emily Weetman 2 for 5 off 3 and Saphina Stamford 2 for 2 off 2. Ellie Threlkeld (35*) led the team to victory inside 18 overs. Another win making it 5 from 5 for the U13 girls.

24th July U13 vs. Yorkshire. Yorkshire won the toss and elected to bowl first. Lancashire started slowly scoring just 26 off 10 overs. However we picked the pace up with Ellie Threlkeld scoring 47 before being run out. Lucy Staunton-Turner played the best innings I have seen for a long time by a 12 year old scoring 69. We amassed a total of 163 in 35 overs, out highest total so far this year. The girls were confident going out to bowl however we didn’t bowl straight enough and paid the price with 31 wides. Yorkshire got a good start; Hannah Jones pulled it back with 7 overs for just 11 runs. Yorkshire continued to put the pressure on and came out winners with a great innings from both Rebecca Newark (64*) and Madeline Walsh (41). Heads were down but good news was to come later in the week!

25th July U15s vs. Derbyshire @ Unsworth CC. Lancashire won the toss and confidently batted first. An early run out put us on the back foot but Emma Lamb and Laura Jackson dug deep and came out on top. Emma’s innings was well balanced and she accelerated in the final few overs to get the team to 201 and herself to 103*. Laura finished 34, a great supporting innings. Derbyshire set about chasing a huge total in 40 overs. However tight bowling from all out girls restricted them to 89 all out. Nalisha in the wickets again 4 for 18 off 7, supported by Rachel Dickinson (2 for 8) racked up another win for the Lancashire girls.

27th July U17s vs Durham @ Nelson CC. Durham won the toss and elected to bat. Wickets fell regularly and no partnerships were formed. Olivia McCusker took her first County wicket with her left arm spin, assisted by various bowlers Durham could only reach 84. Lancashire finished winners yet again with Bhumika Doshi finishing on 34* assisted by Maddy White.

31st July – 2nd August sees U15 Development girls head to Malvern. Day 1 sees us play Essex at Colwall CC.

 See photo gallery on right for match photos.

Fixtures to come:

Lancashire U17s vs Yorkshire U17s Friday 3rd August @ Unsworth CC 12.30 start

Lancashire U13 girls vs Kent Saturday 4th August @ Northern CC start TBC - Quarter Finals

Lancashire 1st X1 vs Staffordshire Sunday 5th August Away

Lancashire U11 girls vs Shropshire Sunday 5th August @ Wem CC

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