U19 Girls Make History
Lancashire Girls U19 vs RAF Women, a first for Lancashire female cricketers
On a cold and cloudy Tuesday morning the RAF women and Lancashire U19 Girls met for the first time at Bedale CC. The RAF only had 9 girls so because Lancashire had 13 they kindly loaned them two players in Bhumika Doshi and Sophie McArdle for the first of the two 20/20 games that were scheduled to be played during the day.
The first toss was won by Lancashire who decided to bat first. The Lancashire girls struggled with the slow bowling and even slower outfield and lost a few early wickets, with the two openers Jess Couser and Ellie Threlkeld falling quickly. A quick fire 22 from Laura Marshall helped to maintain the scoring rate of the Lancashire team. But the younger girls in the team Shachi pai (22) and Hannah jones (7) but on a descent partnership and showed the seniors how it should be done. They helped Lancashire to a descent total of 95 which considering their bad start was a good score. The pick of the RAF bowlers was K. Brofky who ended with figures of 4 for 22 off 4 overs.
Then came the second half. Lancashire bowled some good consistent lines and lengths with Georgina Bolton and Shachi Pai opening up. Lancashire managed to restrict the RAF to a low score whilst taking wickets along the way, until Lancashire’s very own Bhumika Doshi came to the crease and but on an impressive batting display. It was looking as if Bhumika might win it for them until she was out caught behind off the bowling of Lancashire captain Jess Couser, who took 2 wickets during the day. Once Bhumika was out for 31 and after a series of run outs coupled with some impressive bowling at the end of the innings from Emily Weetman (1 for 2 off 3 overs) the RAF women were restricted to 64.
After the girls had all finished tea the second game commenced. This time the RAF batted first and due to an injury in their team Lancashire gave them Laura Marshall, Shannon Jackson and Shachi Pai to even up the numbers.
Laura Marshall opened up for the RAF facing the bowling of Bhumika Doshi and Emily Weetman. Bhumika took the early wicket of Laura Marshall getting her trapped lbw without scoring. Some more impressive bowling from Lancashire restricted the RAF to 57.
It was now the turn of Lancashire to chase down this total. Jess Couser and Maddie White opened up the batting and started well with a good early partnership until Maddie was out caught on 17 by the RAF captain. Next in was Emma Simpson a good young wicket keeper who said to Jess once she reached the crease how excited she was to be batting. She played some good shots but couldn’t find the gap until she was dismissed by Shachi caught by Laura marshall at silly cover. Ellie Threkland was next in she too played some impressive shots and with Jess she managed to put on a good partnership, taking Lancashire across the line to win the game with the loss of just 2 wickets.
It was decided that Lancashire could continue to bat the remaining overs so that the sides could get the chance to bat and field the full 20 overs.
Ellie and Jess continued their partnership until Ellies leg stump was knocked over. Next in was Sophie McAardle who sauntered to the crease in a way only Sophie can, she played some good shots and hit a few impressive boundaries ending the 20 overs unbeaten with Jess Couser who was also unbeaten after batting through the full 20 overs.
Overall it was a very successful day with both sides learning a lot and having a lot of fun, despite the cold and constant cloud cover!
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