MBCC U13's Girls v Abbots Langley

MBCC U13's Girls v Abbots Langley

MBCC U13's Girls v Abbots Langley in the Lady Taverners Cup

  • Posted by:  Huw Buckle
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  • Match Day:  Sun Apr 27 2014 | Start Time: 01:30: PM | Venue: Away
  • Type of Game:  Cup
  • U13  73/7 - Abbots Langley  74/6
  • Performance of the Day:  Teona Goodge 56

Match Report

For the second year running, our U13 Girls lost an absolute classic in the Lady Taverners Cup – this time by one wicket. Last year they lost off the last ball, by one run.

The Lady Taverners U13 Cup is an ECB national competition, played 8-a-side, hard ball, over 20 overs each. This year, we were drawn away for our first match, versus Abbotts Langley, Herts. The match was played at Langleybury C.C. Normal cricket rules were applied – despite the manager’s attempt to confuse everybody with rules and directions!

We haven’t even started training yet, so the game came very early for the Girls. Although it is an U13 competition, we had a mix of U13 and U11s, and they all did extremely well. The 8 girls representing us were:

Teona Goodge, Hannah Cooke, Adele Thomas, Katy Brewster, Catherine Child, Eleri Hickson, Julia Hickson and captain Susannah Ames.

With the weather situation it was a concern the match would be either postponed or curtailed (dreaded Duckworth Lewis!), but happily the rain held off and we had a full match.

Susannah lost the toss (yet again!) and we were asked to bat. Teona & Hannah opened the batting. The pitch was difficult and the bowling accurate. Hannah was out, bowled going for a big whack, in the second over. Susannah soon followed and we struggled through to 14-2 off 5 overs. Teona then found her range with 3 fours in the next over and, along with Adele and Katy, we moved to 67-4 off 13 overs. Eleri and Catherine were out quickly and Teona was finally out in the 15 th over, leaving Julia not out. We finished all out for 73.

Lady Taveners Cup 2014 v Abbots Langley

Let’s now talk about Teona’s innings. Over the winter she was selected for the main Berkshire County U13 side, which is a brilliant achievement. Today she showed why she thoroughly deserved this achievement. She batted for 15 overs with real maturity. She played a beautiful straight bat to any straight ball and, patiently saw in her eye, and then played controlled shots all around the ground. She hit 7 fours and scored a total of 56 runs (out of 73!). A superb innings.

Catherine opened the bowling and took a wicket with the second ball. A good start, but the Abbotts Langley girls then put on some good partnerships. At 60-3 off 13 overs, the match looked lost, but some great fielding saw a run out and then Teona showed her bowling ability with 2 wickets in her fourth over and suddenly, at 64-6, it was match on – just one more wicket needed. A very hard catch went flying to Katy, but she couldn’t quite get it to stick. And they say catches win matches! Sadly it wasn’t to be and we lost by the one wicket off the last ball of the 18 th over. Teona (2-15) and Catherine (1-13) were the pick of the bowlers, with Hannah also taking a wicket and two run-outs. We fielded well and supported each other. Susannah kept wicket and captained the team expertly.

The girls did brilliantly and were a real credit to the club.Key learnings are to bat through the whole innings (if we could have batted another 3 of the remaining 5 overs we probably would have won); keep down the wides and no balls (31 for M&B versus 11 for AL); look for some quick singles and be a bit more vocal.

A disappointing start to lose our first match, but a very encouraging one for the season. It bodes very well.

Well done the Girls!

Huw Buckle 27 April 2014
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