Their proud coach, Gwenan Davies, describes their journey to reach this final stage of the Tournament:
Yet more success for this talented group of girls! After having to wait until after the Easter holidays to play the County Finals because of their commitments in the National Fives Tournament (and yet another national trophy for the girls), it was time to get our indoor cricket campaign underway.
In our County Finals on Friday 20th April, we secured victories over Charlton School, Newport Girls’ High School and Burton Borough, before facing Charlton School once again in the final. The girls defended another low total of 61, proving once more how ruthless they can be with the ball.
So, it was on to Edgebaston for the Regional Finals a week later.
We faced Abbotsholme in our first match. With tensions running high, we posted a total of 71, and we were even more determined to put in our best ever bowling and fielding performance.
Huge credit has to go to Ellie Kynaston and Alice Hughes for being absolutely phenomenal under pressure in the last over of this game. Abbotsholme required 7 to win from 6 balls, with only one wicket remaining. The ball was handed to Hughes… Never in doubt. In just her second ball of the over, she secured the win with a caught and bowled.
On our way to the Final, we followed up our victory over Abbotsholme with a nervous win over Ashfield School, defending what we thought had been a high total of 83. The girls experienced their first wobble of the campaign with their bowling, conceding 40 runs in extras! However, the job was done and it was time to look ahead to the Final.
After waiting for the other group to finish their group matches, we discovered we would be facing King’s School, Gloucester in our final.
Ellie lost the toss and we were bowling first. Gloucester batted well and posted a total of 88, requiring the girls to get 89 runs to win. They knew they had their work cut out.
To our delight, all but one batter who entered the crease retired on a total of 15, securing our win in just 6 overs. Talk about a ruthless display!
Leading from the front, both Ellie Kynaston and Izzy Morris retired on 15, followed by Harriet Shuker. Alice Hughes and Lisette Barden added a total of 20 between them, with Lisette unfortunately run out on 10. Georgie Nicholas and Alice Hughes saw the game home, with Alice finishing on 16 not out.
We now look forward to yet another National Indoor Final at Lord’s on 16th May. The girls are poised and raring to go!
Ellie Kynaston (MSH IV)
Georgie Nicholas (MSH IV)
Alice Hughes (MSH IV)
Elizabeth Edwards (EDH IV)
Adelaide Sillar (G IV)
Lisette Barden (G III)
Harriet Shuker (EDH III)
Izzy Morris (MSH III)
Ellie Corbett (M III)