Girls Cricket at the Highest Level
By Gordon Sparke
Cheetahs lose out in the National Cup
Cublington Cheetahs Girls entertained Falkland Thunder Girls from Maidenhead in the National U13 Girls Cup. Taking part was an achievement in itself, being one of only 3 sides in the County to take part. It was evident before the game started that this was going to be a huge challenge. The quality displayed in their warm up and the fact that they could select a team from 85 Girls was testament to this.
The Falkland Thunder Girls batted first and displayed an awesome array of shots. Scoring regular boundaries and with only one shot throughout the innings played off the ground. The Cheetahs bowled exceptionally using 8 bowlers with Rosie Utley
and Jemima Turner
in particular bowling with great accuracy. The fielding needed to be of the highest level and was throughout the Falkland Thunder innings. The Cheetahs only manged to take 2 wickets, both being sharp run outs from Katrina Rosin
and Jemima Turner
Chasing a target of over 150 was always going to be beyond the Girls, particularly given the quality of the opposition bowling. However, they stuck to the task admirably scoring over 100 runs in the allotted 20 overs. Rosie Utley
made really good 24 before being run out, ably backed up by Lena Screech-Dean
. However, the pick of the batting was undoubtable Emily Latham
. Opening the innings she achieved the very rare honour of carrying her bat throughout the Cheetah innings, finishing on 39 not out.
The Girls should be rightly proud of their performance against a really excellent side. The Falkland Thunder Girls are the best Junior Cricket side I have seen and would have beaten the Bucks County side.