U17 Girls 2017 season round up
Posted by Graham Hurst on 09/11/2017 11:33
The National Championships for U17 Girls at County level, sponsored by Royal London, is split into regionalised A & B divisions with the 4 Group A winners going forward to Finals Day on 30th & 31st August at Bishop's Stortford CC.
Unbeaten 2016 champions, Yorkshire retained their title in 2017.
Day 1 was a complete wash out however we were all treated to a spontaneous Q & A from England Women’s coaching team of Mark Robinson, at the competition due to his daughter playing for Sussex, and John Stanworth. They provided a fascination insight into the England team, the focus on intent rather than outcomes along with the importance of player routines. Further entertainment provided by Staffordshire and Sussex taking over the DJ decks, Yorkshire on karaoke and Wales performing the Macarena.
Day 2 had to be reduced to 25 over games for all the games however much better weather enabled these to be completed.
Staffordshire v Sussex
Staffordshire batted first with Helen Hughes scoring a composed 31 runs in a total of 108/9, they were tied down by tight bowling from Polly McCarthy 3-18 & Charlotte Hepburn 3-15. Sussex replied with Ella Wadey 29 and Ella McCaughan 35 reaching the target for a loss of 6 wickets.
Yorkshire v Wales
Yorkshire were never in trouble, captain Adrianna Darlow led the way with fellow opener Izzy Bunn scoring 63 and 41 respectively to post a total of 148/2. The bowling attack was then too strong for Wales with Darlow 2-15, Bunn 2-10, Molly Harvard 2-2 and Rachel Slater 3-14, Wales only managing 61 a/o therefore Yorkshire through to the final winning by 87 runs.
3rd / 4th place play-off - Wales v Staffordshire
Wales batted first, Bethan Gammon looking good at the crease making 18 but under par total of 66 a/o, Staffordshire’s bowling attack led by Megan Jones 2-5, Sian Corbishley 2-5 and Olivia Bentley 2-9. Staffordshire easily made the total led by Poppy Davis on 31 finishing on 69/3 therefore finishing in 3rd place having won by 7 wickets, best bowler for Wales being Charlotte Scarborough 1-11.
Final - Sussex v Yorkshire
Yorkshire batted first but lost quick wickets due to excellent bowling and keen fielding from Sussex, Charlotte Hepburn 2-20, Polly McCarthy 2-19 and Cassidy McCarthy 3-16 restricting Yorkshire and bowling them out for 106. However Yorkshire responded well to the challenge with captain Adrianna Darlow taking 3-7 and eventually bowled Sussex out for 70 therefore winning by 36 runs, Yorkshire crowned champions.
They were presented with the trophy by Tom Smith, ex-Lancashire captain, who’s recently joined the England women’s coaching team.