Sports Report - U15 Girls Cricket
Tonight the girls took to playing Haygrove school in two matches. One would be the county cup first round of softball cricket and the other a hardball friendly fixture in preparation for Friday’s all day competition at Queens.
First up was softball and having lost the toss Chilton batted first and got off to a flyer as Jodi Head and Morgan Edwards played well taking advantage of some loose bowling. Morgan was dismissed (by junior Cadmore clearly the expert bowling tuition in the back garden paid off) but Jodi retired on 22, the scoring rate dipped somewhat but a respectable 71 was posted from the 7 overs.
In reply Haygrove found scoring difficult and Bethan Hambly took a wicket in her over to put the pressure on the batters. Their main batter Pope retired on 20 and Chilton really put the squeeze on as Katie a Escott took a wicket. The game was eventually seen out as an eventfully start to the last over offered Haygrove hope but Chilton won by 6 runs to move to county finals.
Next up was a hardball match vs Haygrove. Chilton again batted first and Palfrey and Hambly knocked the ball around well before Palfrey was well caught in the deep and Hambly was instructed to hit out in search of quick runs/giving everyone a game! Morgan Edwards then powered her way to 17 from about 5 balls before she retired. Jazz and Jodi ran well to get the score to a competitive 50 from 7 overs.
In reply Haygrove were blown away by skipper Palfrey who took three wickets in her over to put Chilton in charge. Jazz Forsey then took two wickets to leave Haygrove in tatters at 7-5 after two overs! Haygrove’s batter struck 17 quick runs before Escott then took a wicket as Tiffany Onojaife, despite an ill fitted helmet, took a good catch with the gloves on to create a ‘last batter stands’ scenario. Haygrove's last batter did well to see out the overs but Haygrove fell 14 runs short as Chilton recorded a fine victory.
The girls are through to county finals in the softball tournament and feel a bit better for practicing in batting pads (the running was particularly humorous!) ready for the Queens tournament on Friday.