1st XI Girls v Loretto 

At long last the day of the girls’ first (and only) match of the season dawned and with it the opportunity to put into practice all the skills learned during the girls’ cricket activity sessions.

Despite the girls’ protestations, it was decided to play according to the laws of kwik cricket as this would give everyone the chance to bat and bowl. Loretto won the toss and asked Belhaven to bat first.

Starting on 100 runs, the opening pair of Arabella (skipper) and Rose were first in and they added a decent 13 runs in their two overs. Isobel and Anna hit some fine shots but two wickets meant that they only added two to the total. Sphia and Doune were a little slow to start but Sophia grew in confidence and began running enthusiastically, taking the team’s total to 124 by the end of six overs.

Honor and Zoe played some fine shots and added a further ten (it could have been fifteen but for a wicket) while Louisa and Midnight had fun scoring eight further runs. Rose and Arabella returned as the final pair (we were, unfortunately, missing Ruby today) and they took some cheeky runs to drag us to a respectable 154.

Would it be enough?

Loretto had some fine batsmen (batswomen?) but some tidy bowling and feisty fielding kept a lid on their run-rate. Midnight was our most effective bowler, taking two wickets while Isobel was probably the most accurate. Late draft, Amelia, also had a very good over.

In the end, it was a very close game: with just two balls remaining and Isobel bowling, the scores were tied. Then they swept the ball beyond a despairing Zoe for four and it all came down to the final ball – if we got a wicket, we would win but if not, they would. It was a lovely ball, piched up and on wicket but the bat swept down and kept it at bay to win the match for Loretto.

girls v loretto 2015

Though another chilly afternoon, it was great fun and very exciting indeed. The girls enjoyed the game thoroughly and the supporters did too.

Final Result: Match lost by 4 runs.

M.O.T.M.: Midnight for her two wickets.

William Townshend, 24/06/2015