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Royal London Girls U17 County Cup Final Report 2018

Posted by Graham Hurst on 31/08/2018 09:27

Whoever said that cricket was a boring game should certainly have been at Uppingham Town CC with thrilling, tense finals days.

In the first semi-final Kent elected to bowl first against Staffordshire who reached 113 a/o with Georgia Norman scoring 21. Tight bowling from Kalea Moore, 2/26, Chelsey Rowson, 2/11 and Jemimah Greenwood, 3/31 kept Staffordshire in check, Kent’s reply was led by Grace Scrivens 35 and Jodie Hobson 25 however they kept losing wickets at critical stages as Staffordshire clawed their way back into the game. Wickets were shared between Grace Potts 2/21, Ellie Davies 2/15, Emily Stones 2/8 and Olivia Bentley 3/14, pressure mounted in the last few overs as Kent were all out for 109.

In the second semi-final Lancashire won the toss and batted, Alice Clarke scoring 27 in a total of 131/9. Somerset’s Sophie Hamilton scored 54 in reply but no-one else was able to give support as Somerset were all out for 110.

In the 3rd and 4th place play-off Somerset scored 209/7 with Hamilton again the star of the show with 76, ably supported by Harriet Dimdore-Miles 43 and Ursula Olsen-Groome with 26. With rain intervening the revised target was 149 but Kent fell short and scored 134/5.

In the final Lancashire only scored 97/9 due to some tight bowling and keen fielding from Staffordshire, Olivia Bentley 2/10, Ilenia Sims 2/11 and Ellie Davies with a great spell of 8 overs, 4 maidens, 2 for 5. The rain intervention meant a revised Duckworth Lewis total of 90, Staffordshire looked to be in control however Lancashire put in a great team performance with Megan Smith 2/16, Anjali Singh 3/8 and Isobel Jemmott 4/9, Staffordshire were bowled out for 80 and Lancashire crowned champions.