U15 Girls Cricket
Yesterday the U15 girls cricket team travelled to Somerset County Cricket Club to play in the finals of the county cup. The county ground was drenched in sunshine as Somerset men’s side started their first pre season game and it seemed a shame for the girls to be inside!
Chilton drew Castle in the second semi final
which meant a State School would be in the county final, great news. In the first match Queens beat Wellington to get to the final. Skipper Morgen Palfrey won her first toss all winter and Chilton bowled first. Some nerves meant that the fielding that has been worked on in training wasn’t quite as sharp as needed as Chilton bowled well but leaked runs. Castle eventually finished on 113 from their 8 overs...a massive score and task!
In reply Chilton got off to a flyer as Palfrey and Jodi Head opened up and were ultra aggressive. Soon both departed and Morgan Edwards took up the mantle with Alice Pittey and both continued to run hard and just about keep Chilton in it. Morgan retired before Ava Scobie and Ferne Hill continued to run everything mixed with some brilliant shots. Suddenly 26 was needed from the last. A no ball meant the first delivery went for 6. Another wide meant the score was 11 from 3 needed. Before needing 6 off the last ball. A marginal call was given in favour of the bowling team when another day it could’ve been a wide to really take it to the wire but Chilton just fell short by 5 runs. It was a brilliant effort to try and chase it down!
In the 3rd/4th play off Chilton took on Wellington School, notorious for their girls cricket via social media. Captain Palfrey won the toss again and bowled first. Chilton made brilliant inroads with straight bowling and some electric fielding from Palfrey, Head and Tiffany Onojaife. Wickets went to Ava Scobie and Morgan Edwards. Wellington’s last girl standing managed to add 22 on her own to mean they finished on a par 83 all out.
In reply Head was bowled by a county cricketer’s superb inswinger but this did not stop Morgen Palfrey and Edwards as they ran well to make a steady start. Palfrey was dismissed as was Edwards quickly but Jazz Forsey got to 17 in 6 balls to really up the pace. Alice Pittey batted and ran superbly to get Chilton right in the game before she too retired on 16. It was left to Scobie and Ferne Hill to run aggressively between the wickets, even running a two at one point(!) to win with 8 balls remaining against a top private school.
The girls were ecstatic!
Third place in the county...not bad at all and testament to their hard work. Please congratulate them if you see them.