The fabulous and super talented girls pictured participated in the ‘play off’ of the Lady Taverner’s County U15 cricket competition. The winners would go on to play in the county final against the winners of the equivalent private school competition at the Somerset county ground. We had to play two games, one against Castle, whose U13 team were national champions last summer, and one against Chilton Trinity.
In our first game against Chilton Trinity we won the toss and elected to field first. Chilton hit a creditable 70. We then went into bat and made a great start, Maisie hitting 15 and Ellie 11. However Chilton had saved their best bowlers for the last two overs, so after a few dot balls (no runs scored) we ended up needing three runs off three balls with Emilia facing. The bowler delivered a fast and straight ball, but remembering Mr Mason’s wise coaching words ‘get the bat to the ball, no big swing needed’, Emilia brilliantly placed the ball on to the side wall and she and Sophie ran for their lives – three runs scored and victory was ours!
So the deciding game was between Castle and us (Castle had already beat Chilton). We won the toss and put Castle into bat and although we bowled so incredibly well and fielded brilliantly (receiving much praise from the Castle staff), the very talented Castle players still hit an incredible 114! A huge challenge for us. The nerves set in and we only scored three from the first over – mainly due to the incredibly fast and accurate bowling. Overs two and three saw lots of wickets tumble, but then over four, up came Izzy and Maisie – our last two batters! We feared we may not make it through the remaining overs, but how wrong we were. Izzy and Maisie found their form and started to frustrate the bowlers hitting them in all directions. The best moment being when Izzy hit a big four off of Castle’s best bowler! Unfortunately we’d left it a little too late, we didn’t reach Castle’s impressive total but we did hit 51 runs, which we were really very pleased with.
Our girls only started playing cricket last summer, but you’d never have thought that watching them!
At the end they were very gracious in defeat, as they had been in victory, but what made us most proud was that they all thanked the Castle umpire, Russ Jones, as well as congratulating the Castle players. This is something that Russ has said he very rarely experiences in school fixtures. He was extremely complimentary about our girls in both their performance and spirit.
We couldn’t be more proud of them. With their natural ability, passion for and commitment to school sport, they have every confidence in their ability and put themselves down regularly when playing. We are really hoping that this success will give them the huge boost that they so deserve.