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Sports Report - U15 Broderick Tournament

Today I took the u15 girls' cricket team to Queens College in Taunton for an all day hardball cricket tournament in quite glorious weather! 

In the first match the girls batted first and struggled to run between the wickets and generally hitting the ball finishing on a well below par 24 after 6 overs. In reply M Austin bowled tidily, as did J Granter. Eventually the Queens girls found their confidence and whacked the ball to all parts to finish comfortable winners. 

In the second game (delayed by 30 minutes so the girls took full advantage of bathing!) we played Haygrove and batted a lot better at the start with Luisa hitting some nice 4s as did J Brind this time getting a more competitive total of 36. In reply some miserly overs from Austin, Fursland and Granter meant that we were really in the game. Then...it all went a bit wrong. Some loose deliveries meant Haygrove scored some cheap runs and in the final over with them needing 4 runs to win with 2 balls left, the batter missed it from Austin and it crept past the wicketkeeper and agonisingly went over the boundary for Haygrove to clinch the win in an absolute thriller! The girls demand a rematch after half term. 

In the third game we came up against a ridiculously strong (yet depleted!) Kings side. Batting first they made a huge score but the girls kept going in the heat which was pleasing. In reply we got the best score of the day and a really good partnership from Austin and Darke led the way. The latter missing a very fast delivery and having an instant big bruise, not impressed at all! 

After a splendid lunch we played the bottom placed team in the other group, Castle school. They batted first and scored 46 and Mia took 2 wickets bowling very straight. In reply with Austin and Darke leading the way once more we fell 10 short. Darke having a matching bruise on the other thigh a highlight as she stomped off. 

The girls collected their 'goody bag' and said their thank yous to the organisers and they were a credit to the school. The upside is we have a really keen set of girls for hardball cricket, which is great. 

Thanks to the staff affected for letting their students attend this day, they got a lot from it.

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