U11 Girls win Lady Taverners Tournament and lift county cup!
By Nick Walker
Last Sunday really showed how far the girls had come as a team and individual cricketers as they came out on top in the Lady Taverners tournament for the first time ever.
Chenies took a squad of 9 players for this tournament. We were told on arrival that this tournament would be a straight knock out starting with a quarter final. That got the girls and coaches concentrating!
The format was 8 overs and pairs of batters with 2 overs each. Caitlin won the toss and put Gerrards Cross into bat. They had some big hitters in the team. Louisa opened the bowling and had a tidy first over. We kept Gerrards Cross in check with wickets from Spohia L and Madi. Tight bowling from the other team members meant, despite some big hitting (including 12 off the last over), we kept them down to 238.
In reply, we started slowly, but kept our wickets in check. Caitlin and Madi moved the score on, before Chrissy exploded on to the scene in overs 5 and 6, smashing the ball all over the place. We finally ended with a score of 256 and moved into the semi final.
So on to the semi final and local battle with the mighty Ballinger. Julie was certainly up for this! Sophia D won the toss and put Ballinger in. We bowled and fielded really well. Very few extras conceded and three wickets taken (Madi, Chrissy and Sophia D). Ballinger only managed to score 230.
Rose and Louisa opened the batting against Ballinger's best bowler and blocked her out well including one lovely 4 for Louisa. Caitlin and Madi then took us from 204 to 231. Caitlin crashed a couple of 4's and Madi showed good backing up with quick singles. Evie and Chrissy combined well to keep us on track with a partnership of 16, before the Sophias got us through to a score of 251. The final awaited against Cublington.
The excitement by now was growing in the players, but not as much as it was in the parents! It was a new experience for most of these girls being in a final and they didn't show too much nerves. We lost the toss for the first time and Cublington put as in to bat. Our trusted openers of Louisa and Xaynab got us off to a steady start with only one wicket lost. Caitlin then crashed a few boundaries to move us up to 214 half way through. Evie and Chrissy added a further 12 runs, with Evie calling really well for those crucial singles. So two overs to go and 226 on the board. Enter Sophia D! 40 runs in 12 balls is amazing. One six and 5 fours. The ball went everywhere and dad (Paul) nearly caught the six!! Final score of 266 was our highest of the tournament.
Cublington were a very good bowling team, so to get such a high score was brilliant.
Bowling showed our nerves, for the first time we bowled wides and no balls. We did get wickets with Evie, Xaynab and Sophia D (two) hitting the stumps. At half way, the score was 233 and as we started the last over it was 254. Nail biting time, they lost two wickets and despite a few extras they could only get to 253.
Well done on becoming Lady Taverners champions for Bucks. We started with a team of 9, made up of 1 U9, 4 U10's and 4 U11s. I think we may have been the youngest team. It's great that the leaders in the team; Sophia D, Evie, Caitlin and Louisa brought the other girls through. Every one contributed to this victory. Rose and Xaynab went from nervous players to confident cricketers. Chrissy batted well and took one fantastic catch. Evie had the hardest job of all being wicket keeper on that pitch and did so well. Louisa opened batting and bowling in most matches and I loved her infectious attitude. She kept us all smiling. Madi is still new to cricket but took wickets and had a good partnership with Caitlin. Sophia L bowled beautifically and was tidy fielding. Caitlin and Sophia D led from the front and captained superbly. It was fitting to see them both collect the cup and raise with to the still excited parents!!
Overall, this really has showed how far Chenies has come with the girls cricket. They have some fantastic players and the team spirit is amazing. Well done girls, you've made Julie and I really proud!