Wednesday, 16 June 2021

Henley girls crowned Hampshire champions

HENLEY GIRLS U11s ran out winners of the Royal London Gilbert Cup played at Hampshire’s Ageas Bowl last week.

HENLEY GIRLS U11s ran out winners of the Royal London Gilbert Cup played at Hampshire’s Ageas Bowl last week.

Henley played two innings of four ball eight overs against Dorset’s Christchurch CC, the first on the nursery ground before playing the second innings on the main ground in front of the crowd watching the Hampshire versus Essex cup match.

The Henley side fielded first with Nick Lee starting with a wicket maiden, clean bowling the Christchurch opener.

Eliza Stone and Jemma Swire-Thompson both gave away just one each from their overs while tight bowling from Ceski and Alyx Clarke and Sophie Baker continued to keep Christchurch’s run rate restricted.

Talia Blain bowled a good over and executed a sharp run out while Sophie Jordan completed the bowling with accuracy. The performance from the Henley side was go good that Christchurch only scored eight runs off the bat all innings. In reply Sophie Jordan and Eliza Stone opened the batting with Jordan dispatching the first three balls to the boundary. Stone only faced two balls but executed a boundary shot and a single.

Next pair, Jemma Swire-Thompson and Sophie Baker both made valuable contributions to Henley’s run rate with Swire-Thompson hitting a four and lots of quick singles run by both.

Alyx Clarke and Blain kept up the good work, with the youngest player, nine-year-old Alyx achieving a leg side boundary shot and both girls pushing the score higher. Final pair Nick Lee and Ceski Clarke had a good partnership with Lee smacking two fours and two sixes. After the first innings Henley led by 48 runs.

In the second innings opening bowlers Lee and Stone kept the Christchurch openers restricted but it was Ceski Clarke who took the first wicket, clean bowled. Baker then came on to claim the second wicket of the innings with the aid of a catch from Stone. In reply Jordan and Stone took to the field and after a quick single from Stone, Jordan rose to the occasion of playing in front of a big crowd with a six. Stone also hit a four and both girls ran quick singles.

Swire-Thompson and Baker kept their wicket safe from accurate bowling and ran singles while Blain and Alyx kept the momentum going with singles, twos and a four from Alyx.

Last pair Lee and Ceski finished Henley’s innings with Lee scoring no fewer than four sixes, all leg-side pull shots. Lee deliberately knocked a single from the penultimate ball of the game to give Ceski a chance to face a ball and she completed Henley’s innings in style with a six to give Henley a 99 run win.

The win left Henley as Hampshire winners. If Hampshire qualify for the final of the Royal London One Day Cup next month at Lord’s then Henley will be invited to play games at the interval against the other qualifying county winners.

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