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Ribble Valley Girls Cricketers just one boundary short

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So near yet so far!

Playing as Lancashire Champions in the North Regional Finals of the Lady Taverners Outdoor Under 13s Cricket Tournament at Harrogate Cricket Club, our Ribble Valley Girls team knew a win would take them through to the National Finals.

The day had started well. First of all a comprehensive win against the Northumberland champions.  Steady bowling and aggressive batting saw us restrict our opponents to 42 runs whilst knocking up an impressive 77 runs in the 10 overs-a-side format game.  Both Eleanor Graham and Saphi Stamford had to retire on 20.

In the second match, against the Cheshire champions, our bowling was not up to its usual standard but the 51 they scored was never enough and was overtaken in the eighth over.

The Yorkshire Champions, from Richmond, had also won both of their matches so the final match of the day was set up as a winner-takes-all game.

Our bowling and fielding was magnificent and we restricted their strong batting line-up to only 41 runs. Kate Hopkins again bowled well with 2 wickets in her over which cost only 3 runs.

Sadly for us, even 41 was to prove too much. The Richmond bowlers got significant movement through the air and most balls were either wide or impossible to score from. Apart from a courageous knock of 11 by Annabel Mayson, none of our other batters could make any headway and we were left needing 4 to win off the last ball – which we couldn’t make.

The girls (and watching parents) from all four counties enjoyed an excellent days cricket. For us it would have been a wonderful day if we’d scored just one more boundary!

Ribble Valley Girls U13s (pictured):
Back, left to right: Niamh Kay, Saphi Stamford, Eleanor Graham, Kate Hopkins
Front, left to right: Zoe Simpson, Martha Smith, Charlotte Ashton, Annabel Mayson.

Derrick Smith
RV District Girls Cricket Coach

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