The sun shines on girls' cricket
An U13 District Cricket Festival for girls was organised at Longridge CC.
The weather was fine, the field was looking magnificent, a generous amount of parents to watch, all in all a perfect day to watch and play a cricket festival.
The three districts competing were Burnley, Bury and Ribble Valley who had each brought a squad of 9 girls in the Under 13 age group to the Longridge Cricket Ground in the picturesque Ribble Valley. Each district played the other two in a 15 overs-a-side round robin with each match split so that all 3 first innings were completed before the second innings were played. This ensured that players would only sit out for half a game at a time.
Ribble Valley bowled first against Burnley who scored 236 but losing 7 wickets meant this was reduced by 5 runs a wicket to a score of 201, a handy target for Ribble Valley to chase.
In the second session Ribble Valley batted first against Bury and didn’t lose a wicket (despite occasional over-ambitious attempts to seize every scoring opportunity) managing a good total of 287.
In the third session Bury showed some strong hitting against Burnley (a couple of 6’s scored) and Bury finished on 266 for 3.
Due to the bounciness of the Incrediball on a firm wicket, many batters found timing their shots difficult and as a result they missed many opportunities to score.
The fourth session was the second innings of the Ribble Valley versus Burnley game when the Valley batted steadily against some good Burnley bowling and fielding. In the penultimate over a flurry of three wickets rewarded Burnley for a competitive performance when they had a very small total to defend. Ribble Valley registered a win with a net score of 254.
Ribble Valley bowled against Bury in the fifth session of the day defending a total of 287. Bury struggled to score against some good Valley bowling and fielding and ended on 199 having lost 3 wickets during their innings. A second win for the Valley.
The decider for second place in the final session of the day was a close game with Burnley chasing the Bury score of 266. In terms of runs scored there were only 5 runs between the teams but Burnley lost 2 more wickets than Bury and ended their innings 15 runs behind on 251.
Ribble Valley 254 beat Burnley 201
Ribble Valley 287 beat Bury 199
Bury 266 beat Burnley 251
The LCB would like to congratulate the 3 Districts, Ribble Valley, Burnley and Bury, for arranging this Festival and hope these girls continue to play cricket throughout the season and the future.