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The success of our Disability and County Age Group Boys & Girls was celebrated on one awards evening
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Kent Under 11 Girls v Linton Park & The Mote U11 Boys XI, on Saturday 12th August at Knole Paddock, Sevenoaks
Kent Under 11 Girls 125-7 (25 overs) (Jemima Spence 26 all retired not out, Tilly Corteen-Coleman 22 not out, Rosie Murray 21, Jessie Gale 19)
Linton Park & The Mote U11 Boys XI 77-7 (25 overs) (Tilly Corteen-Coleman 1-1, Sarah Hofmann 1-3)
Catches (2): Lottie McDonnell, Kate Blackman.
Run Outs (2): Sarah Hofmann (2)
Result: Kent Under 11 Girls Won by 48 Runs
This was a brilliant victory against potentially the strongest side we have encountered this season. However, it was far from straight forward and the game had many ups and downs but in the end our tactics worked and we pulled off a famous win to make it ten wins in a row.
After a week of rain the sun shone and on winning the toss Jemina boldly elected to bat on a pudding of a pitch, knowing that they had ‘big Freddie’ to open their attack. Her decision looked to be the wrong one because by the end of the 3rd over, Ada had been bowled by a ‘pearler’ which clipped the off bail, Olivia ran herself out, and Analivia was bowled by an unplayable Freddie Yorker. We were reeling at 3 for 3.
Fortunately, with Freddie rested, Jemima and Jessie cautiously rebuilt the innings against their lesser bowlers on a difficult pitch. With excellent running between the wickets and the odd stroke to the boundary they rapidly put on a 50 run partnership. Things looked healthy when Jemima retired. Our skipper is a remarkably consistent batsman who invariably gives our team a valuable platform up front. She has retired not out 8 times in 12 innings and averages over 55.
Having recovered we then suffered a blip. Jessie tried to hit a slow full toss too hard but she missed and was bowled. Then Sarah somehow played all round an innocuous but straight delivery and was also bowled. We were effectively 6 wickets down with only half the overs gone and not nearly enough runs on the board to defend.
To the rescue came Rosie and Tilly. They played out of their skins, knocking the ball around into spaces and scampering between the wickets like rabbits, which made the boys look like statues! Once in, they started to hit fours and before we knew it they had put on 50 runs and both girls reached lifetime best scores of 20 plus. In doing so, they became the 7th and 8th different players in this season’s squad to score 20 runs or more, equalling the record set by the 2015 Under . It is a testament to the depth of talent in the squad this year.
After trying to take one more cheeky single, Rosie was run out and the replacing Kate quickly succumbed to another unplayable fast Yorker from the returning Freddie. However, at this stage it did not matter too much as the two recovery partnerships had given us an undreamt of total and in a strong position at tea.
All we needed to do was to keep big Freddie away from the strike and bowl well. Unfortunately we made a poor start. Jessie’s nightmare first over began with her overstepping. The ball raced past occasional keeper Olivia and then Anilivia, who was not on the third man boundary, for a four, and with 2 runs for a wide and no ball, it proved to be an expensive delivery. Olivia failed to gather the last ball of the over and they ran a bye, which meant that big Freddie was still on strike!
Our plan was to put fielders out deep to give big Freddie a single and squeeze the field in and bowl as many balls at the other batsman. Jemima mustered the troops extremely well and the plan was working, though she had to work very hard as many of our players do not think where they have to go according to which batsmen was facing.
Jemima bowled their opener, but generally our early seam bowlers did not hit the right areas frequently enough. Extras mounted and the worry was that Linton had 30 on the board in next to no time and big Freddie still there with hardly a run to his name. Amy was brought on early and she produced a jaffa of a leg break to bowl their No. 3, and one that would have got most batsmen out.
With Jemima confidently squeezing the field in and out to keep him off strike, the dangerous Freddie was getting more and more frustrated. Facing the bowling at last, he tried to hit Sarah out of the ground but the ball went under his bat and he was bowled. That was the key wicket we wanted and our plan had worked. After that we could relax because we knew they did not have the batting to chase down our score.
Although Rosie and Analivia were ineffective on this occasion, our slow bowlers - Amy, Tilly and Elli dried up any runs. In desperation the boys tried to hit, and although Sarah dropped a hard chance at deepish mid off, she had the sense to pick up the ball and run the batsman out at the bowlers end with a direct throw. It was an impressive piece of work.
What followed next ball was even more spectacular. Sarah moved to her left to gather the ball driven into the covers. It looked a comfortable run, but Sarah spun round and threw down the stumps again at the bowlers end for another run out. It was a truly magnificent piece of fielding of the highest order.
The girls were on a high after that and they relaxed knowing that they were going to win. But it all got a bit sloppy and it was disappointing that we did not bowl them out. Jessie had her wish to have a go behind the timbers after Olivia had kept for 17 overs, though she had difficulty concentrating with a wobbly tooth and for a moment, tooth stopped play! Furthermore, although wearing gloves, she spent most of the time practising her football skills by stopping the ball with her feet! Stick to the fast bowling day job, Jessie.
Several easy run out chances went begging. Two reasons. Several of our girls do not instinctively know which end to throw the ball to. Second, selfishly trying to hit the wickets instead of giving a simple catch to someone at the wicket.
Kate bowled nicely and took a caught and bowled and Tilly was rewarded for her accuracy with a wicket at the death, though Lottie did very well to cling on to the ball and fight off Analivia who was also going for the skied catch!
And so, a great win in the end, and one of the best wins ever, given our situation after three overs. It was a superb team effort in an eventful match, but there is still room for improvement, certainly when it comes to awareness and team work to affect run outs. Although there are still a few things to iron out regarding field placings, generally Jemima’s captaincy in the field was excellent.
My thanks to Ali and Henry for umpiring, Richard and George for scoring, but especially to the Spences and Sue Watkins for providing what was arguably the best two course tea we have had all season. The cheesecakes, doughnuts and black forest gateaux were to die for!!
PS – The tooth came out soon after the game had finished!
Kent Under 11 Girls v Otford CC Boys XI, on Saturday 29 July at Platt CC
Otford CC Boys XI 69 All out (19.4 overs) (Rosie Murray 3-4, Kate Blackman 3-5, Jemima Spence 2-3)
Kent Under 11 Girls 72-2 (15.2 overs) (Ella Lockhart 20 retired not out, Jemima Spence 20 retired not out)
Catches (3): Anna Roche (2), Kate Blackman.
Result: Kent Under 11 Girls Won by 8 Wickets
Thanks to some good, early communication between us, Otford CC and hosts Platt CC, the decision to make an early start at 10am and shorten the match from 25 to 20 overs a side was vindicated. The forecasted rain was perfectly on cue at 1.30pm, just as we ended the match for lunch, with the Kent Under 11 Girls recording a fine victory over the boys to make it 8 wins in a row.
We won the toss and put the Otford in to bat. The visitors consisted of a mixture of U10, U11 and U12 boys, including several area representatives, and so a tough game was in prospect.
Lucia opened down the hill and into the wind but bowled slightly too wide of off stump to put pressure on the batsmen. Kate on the other hand was richly rewarded by bowling very straight. She kept the ball up to the bat and claimed the first three wickets to fall, removing some good batters in the process. It was undoubtedly her best performance with the ball this season.
Lottie replaced Lucia from the top end and although she also generated some late swing, it was just a tad too wide. Rosie replaced Kate bowling up the hill. I don’t know if Kate had secretly passed on any ‘up the hill tips’, but it obviously worked and Rosie clean bowled the next three wickets.
Our first four medium paced bowlers only gave away one wide and after 8 over they had reduced the boys to 28-6. It was one of the tightest bowling displays this season.
Our spinners came on for the next 8 overs but unfortunately they could not maintain the accuracy of the preceding medium pace attack. Tilly, Amy and Emily bowled too short, wide and flat. Elli was able to produce a little more flight, and she was rewarded with a wicket. Take note ‘slowies’. To have any chance of taking wickets, you must find ‘rhythm’ quickly and learn to draw batsmen forward with well flighted and straight deliveries.
Hannah did not have her best day with the ball. Fortunately, Anna and Jemima did not have such problems, and they cleaned up the tail in just eight balls between them.
Our fielding was rather mixed. A great diving catch by Anna at mid wicket, and a neat take by Kate, who donned the gloves at the end (what a great day she had!). Conversely, Rosie dropped one off Ell at mid off, and a hard caught and bowled chance went through Lucia’s hands. Ella, with the gloves on, should have called and taken a relatively easy looped up chance but it fell to ground between her and Elli at short fine leg. A few other chances went begging due to the failure of some fielders to walk in and attack the space in front. We never looked like getting a run out!
Fortunately, the boys did not have the patience to play long innings and wickets fell regularly, and so although it was not one of our best days in the field, it did not matter a great deal because it was our bowling that had done the damage.
Jemima and Ella set about chasing down the modest total and with consummate ease, they dealt comfortably with the boy’s quick bowling attack. Although they laid a good 40 run platform it was not completely ‘plain sailing. Ella was dropped in the gully, and there were a couple of hairy moments when she should have been run out. The fault was with Jemima who has the habit of incorrectly calling Yes ‘on the hit’. Luckily the boys’ fielding was lacking, but it is something to work on.
After both had retired, Isla came in but played forward too soon and dragged the ball on to her wicket, similarly for the third time this season. Lucia’s innings was a short, breezy affair, and it was left to Anna and Lottie to make some easy runs against their second string bowlers to see us over the line.
And so, it was another successful day, thanks to some fine bowling in the early overs and a good opening partnership. All that was missing was some good, energetic fielding from the inner ring fielders, but that may be because we did not have Jessie in our midst! Nevertheless, well done and useful contributions from most.
Kent Cricket are looking to recruit some new coaches into their Girls Performance set up for the 2017-18 season. With a historically successful Women’s team, our County Age Group Girls Squads are vital to sustaining the progression of quality cricketers into senior cricket and we’d like to recruit more people in to support the existing high quality set up.