First ever girls district game between Liverpool and St Helens
On a cold March evening the first ever Liverpool vs St Helens girls under 13 match took place at the Bluecoat School Indoor Sports Hall Liverpool.
The evening saw two squads assemble at the sports hall along with several coaches for each side, who it must be said, looked more nervous than the players themselves!
Both sides were able to field 12 players (an achievement in itself), so a 12 a-side match was agreed, following the normal format of pairs cricket, each pair batting for 3 overs.
St Helens batted first and scored a respectable total of 59 runs, kept to a minimum by some fine bowling by the Liverpool girls, the total somewhat bolstered by a last wicket stand of 29. Liverpool batted and in some ways followed the St Helens batting, finishing on 37 from their allocated overs, with the final pair scoring 17 of those. Again, fine bowling was the order of the day, with St Helens only conceding 5 extras (2 wides and 1 bye – as against 29 extras from Liverpool).
St Helens were the victors and a trophy was produced to be exchanged in future games – but the victory was insignificant – the coming together of these two teams for the first time in girls cricket was significant, the first of many times. The game was played in excellent spirit, with some first class cricket, particularly bowling and fielding. The girls loved every minute of the game as did the coaches who went home happy that the game was played in the right spirit with the key objectives of the recently formed Lancashire Girls Cricket Partnership Group being met, that of Participation and Enjoyment.
Thanks to all of the players, coaches and parents/carers for their support.
For photos see Image Gallery on the right.