Girls County Cricket Round Up - April and May
With many games taken place already here is a round up of where we are up to so far in County Age Group (CAG) girls cricket
The girls have started their season off with 2 losses unfortunately down at Burnley CC. The sun greated us on Bank Holiday Monday after a wet weekend and everyone was in good spirits. Lancashire were down to play Yorkshire in game 1 of the day. Lancashire batted first scoring just 39 in their 18 overs. Top scorer was Megan Twist of Leyland CC with 11. We lost just 5 wickets and managed to hit some boundaries. The Yorkshire girls bowled very tight with just 4 wides. We then took to the field and set off well taking 2 wickets inside 4 overs. Megan Twist in the action again and Alice Entwistle of Clitheroe CC both taking a wicket. Unfortunately we couldnt stop the runs flowing and Yorkshire passed our target in the 13th over. We continued playing the full 18 overs and managed to take another 3 wickets ( Niamh Everett, Aaliyah Ahmad and Megan Dickin taking 1 each) with Yorkshire finishing 53 for 5 off 18 overs.
Game 2 of the day saw Lancashire rest and watch Yorkshire take on Staffordshire.
Game 3 of a hot and long day, the girls were tired by this point and it showed in the fielding where we struggled to walk in consistently and a couple of catches went down. However we kept staffordshire to just 37 in their 18 overs, taking 6 wickets. 2 each for Megan Dickin and Aaliyah Ahmad plus 1 for Olivia Leech and a run out. A few more wides in this game with nearly half the runs coming from extras. Lancashire headed out to bat but didnt really get going. Running between the wickets was a weak point and too many dot balls meant the scoreboard didnt tick over except for extras. We finished 32 for 9 off 18 overs with just 10 of those runs coming off the bat. Something definately to work on moving forward but a great day by all with lots of sun, plenty of cricket and nice to see the next generation enjoying the game. Many thanks to Burnley CC for your hospitality, to the umpires for your hardwork in the sun and all the parents of all 3 teams for your support.
A fixture that is becoming a recurrent feature in the programme that started as an U13 fixture vs Cumbria U13 in a friendly. Unfortunately our U13s were too strong and the game didnt serve a purpose for either side. This year we have changed and took a mixed team to Trimpell CC of U11 and U12 girls. There were plenty of thunderstorms around the county but we managed to avoid them and got a full game in. Cumbria batted first posting 118 tight bowling by our girls and some top fielding kept the total low off 35 overs. Megan Twist the pick of the bowlers taking a wicket and showing signs of being able to bowl quick. Lancashire opended the batting with Niamh Everett and Rebekah Barker, they got us off to a great start, running well between the wickets and having the strength to put the bad ball away for a boundary. Rebekah retired on 33 and top scored for Lancashire. Lancashire were 47 for 2 off 22 overs but some tight bowling by Cumbria, the loss of a few wickets and slowing of thr run rate meant we finished 4 runs short of the total in the 35 overs. A great game played in a good spirit and excellence experience for all players involved. Many thanks to Trimpell CC for your hospitality, to the umpires for your hardwork and all the parents for your support.
The U13 started their season under new coach Tony Potter and headed off to Staffordshire for game 1. Staffordshire batted first posting 104 for 7 in their 35 overs. 2 wickets each for Martha Smith and Olivia Horsfield. wicket each for Isobel Jemmott and Ruth Leese on debut. 32 wides bowled however so im sure the girls will be working on this before the next game. Thats 5 extra overs bowled as well as 32 runs gifted! The two Rebecca's (Rebekah) headed out to open the batting, Rebekah was bowled early on and regualr wickets fell. The scoreboard ticked over well however and the girls passed the target with 4 overs remaining. 107 for 8 off 30.5 overs. Isobel Jemmott, Tilly Wyman and Olivia Horsfield scoring the majority of the runs. Well Done girls first ECB win of your season! Next up Derbyshire away.
U15s. As in previous years we have again opted to have 2 U15 sides, one in the ECB performance league and one in the ECB development league. This will allow more girls the opportunity to play county cricket.
3 games in already with 1 cancelled and rearranged! 2 wins, 1 lost so far. Game 1 vs Derbyshire away at Glossop CC. Lancashire lost the toss and asked to bat. The girls set out to post a good total and stamp their mark for 2014. Ellie Threlkeld and Lucy Staunton-Turner put on an opening stand of 76 for the first wicket (Lucy 30). Ellie went on to score 48 before getting caught. Shachi Pai continued where Ellie left off keeping the scoring rate going and racking up 43. Evie Priestley contributed 15 in the final overs giving us 177 for 7 off 40 overs. Wickets fell fairly regualrly with only Sarah Glenn getting set scoring 51 before Erin Staunton-Turner bowled her. Erin finished with 2 for 21 off 7. 2 wickets also for Shachi Pai and Saphina Stamford, along with a wicket for Evie Priestley and Lucy Staunton-Turner. Derbyshire posted 120 for 8 in reply off their 40 overs. A good fielding performance from the girls and a clinical win.
Game 2 vs Cheshire at Northern CC. Rain all around but somehow we managed to get a game in. Cheshire elected to bat but it seemed that may have been a poor decision at 31 all out. Evie Priestley 1 for 7, Georgina Bolton 2 for 7, Hannah Jones 4 for 3 and Saphina Stamford 2 for 3. A clinical bowling display. Batting we switched off slightly and list 3 wickets on the way to 31 but managed to get oner the line inside 14 overs with Shachi Pai and Natasha Fenton seeing us home in the end. Win number 2.
Game 3 vs Yorkshire - rained off rearranged for 17th June
Game 4 vs Cheshire at Caldy CC. Again the rain seemed to threaten the game and a thunder storm overnight left the wicket wet and lets say - lively! We asked Cheshire to bat first on a damp wicket. Runs were hard to come by with the wicket doing a bit off the seam and lots of dot balls. Just 86 for 7 off their 40 overs with Eve Whaling starring in her debut game 2 for 12 off 8, backed up with Shachi Pai (2 for 9) and Evie Priestley (2 for 9). With our usual opening batter missing and also 2 other top order batters we were happy to keep the total down. However the wicket, shot selection and the outfield werent on our side! A lively wicket with balls going over batters heads at time, very slow outfield and some poor deicisons left us struggling. Just Shachi Pai and Natasha Fenton making it into double figures, we finished 73 for 10 off 37.4 overs. A disappointing loss but one we can bounce back from.
Development - game 1 vs Northumberland at Carnforth CC- cancelled due to the rain. Game will be rearranged.
Due to exams the majority of games will be in July however we managed to get a game in vs Nottinghamshire during the Easter break. We headed south to Nottinghamshire at Welbeck CC. Asked to bat first on a good track and what looked a quick outfield we were happy to oblige. 210 runs later, 8 wickets and 45 overs, we were happy with our efforts. In particular Emma Lamb who racked up 116 not out in the first game of the season! Well Done! One half done the girls headed out to field after teas. Georgie Boyce for Notts was the only batter who got going scoring 48, however no one was able to stay around and support her. Rachel Dickinson 3 for 14, Hannah Jones 2 for 8, Nalisha Patel 2 for 1 and Emma Pickup 2 for 11 and Sami Fowler 1 for 11. A good all round performance for first game of the season. Lets hope for many more performances of the same.