They had had a long wait through the summer, having won their quarter-final versus St Peter’s Catholic High School, Wigan in June.
They were drawn against The Leys in the second semi-final, which meant they had a chance to rest up in the morning after their long journey to Essex the previous night. When they arrived at the ground, the first semi-final between Millfield and Brighton College was underway, with Millfield bowling Brighton out for just 80 and chasing it down in no time at all. In the meantime, our girls were rounding up their efficient warm-up and were ready to get started.
Skipper Ellie Kynaston won the toss and elected to bat first. Opening batters Adelaide Sillar and Izzy Morris got off to a flying start, posting 46 from 6 overs before losing the first wicket. That momentum continued as Harriet Shuker came to the crease. After a swift 47 runs, Izzy Morris was run out with the score on 89-2. Harriet was well set at the other end, however, and equipped to continue the momentum.
Unfortunately, with the total at 110, we lost Harriet to another run out, and with two new batters at the crease the score suddenly halted. The girls were only able to manage another 15 runs from the last 5 overs and we finished on a total of 125.
Although the girls had set a low total for The Leys to chase, they were determined to make the most of it and take early wickets. That plan seemed set to work, as Harriet took a wicket with the first ball of the second over, and a second wicket fell two overs later thanks to the bowling of Alice Hughes. But unfortunately The Leys’ batters had other ideas. Their captain concluded her innings on 65 not out, with a very influential 37 from another of their players. In the 18th over, The Leys surpassed our total of 125 and clinched victory… very well deserved.
It was a tough disappointment for our girls, especially as some of them had been in the same position last year. But they deserve every credit for the hard work and determination they have shown over the year. To reach yet another national final demonstrates just how consistent they are in their ability to keep performing. Now it’s time for some well-earned rest before preparations for their South Africa tour begin.
The squad were:
Ellie Kynaston (C)
Alice Hughes (VC)
Georgie Nicholas (wk)
Girls' Cricket Coach