Holiday Success for County Women and Girls
Durham County Women and Girls sections proved too strong for their
opposition during the Bank Holiday weekend.
Women's side played in the Friends of Durham Cricket Weekend Tournament
organised by Durham University Women's Cricket Club.
faced Cumbria on Saturday and held the opposition to 80for 9 from
40 overs. There were outstanding bowling performances from Lynn
McDonnell (3-15), Jennie Crossling (2-16) and Catherine Chapman
(3-15). Durham passed the Cumbrian total in the 23rd over with Pauline
Peel top scoring with 48 not out.
Sunday saw the County Women playing against the University who had
beaten the University Old Girls on the Saturday. The University
was fielding a current England player, Caroline Atkins who is in
the squad to face Australia in this summers Ashes series. The County
Women dismissed the University for 56 in 31 overs and again there
were some impressive bowling figures, Hillary Bruce (8-3-16-2),
Chapman (5-1-13-2), Sarah White (5-3-2-0), Crossling (8-3-9-2),
McDonnell (5.5-2-8-3). They then opened the batting with the 17
and 18 year olds Chapman and Crossling. The University girls proved
a little too strong and took their first wicket with the score on
9. A steady partnership developed between Crossling and Bruce and
when Crossling was bowled with the score on 29 the University became
interested, especially when McDonnell was trapped LBW next ball.
Bruce and Alison Oldam steadied the ship and when Oldam was run
out with the score on 42 the game was nicely poised. Peel then joined
Bruce at the wicket and the two added the 15 runs needed for victory.
County U15 girls were playing their fourth game in the National
County League at Durham City Cricket Club against Lincolnshire.
Having lost the previous three games the girls were still positive
and confident they could get a victory.
Durham batted first and scored a total of 116 for 6from their 30
overs. Two outstanding Innings from Olivia Rae (34) and Helen Wilkinson
(39) gave the team the belief that they were about to capture their
first victory. They managed to take the game to the last ball of
the match. The Lincolnshire girl, Amy Orrow, nearly spoiled the
day but was bowled the penultimate ball of the match. The batsman
needed 2 runs for victory and to the delight of the Durham girls
was bowled by Suzanne Falconer. The girls had claimed their first
victory by 1run. There were some excellent bowling performances
from Lizzie Gilthorpe (2-13), Suzanne Falconer (2-15) and Helen
This week the U13 squad is at Trent Bridge for a 3 day Festival.
The girls are playing three games of 35 overs per side and they
will be coached during the game to help them learn and gain the
knowledge for them to improve.
The next games for both the senior and U15 sides are on the 10th
The seniors will play Cumbria at Shotley Bridge C.C. and the 15's
take on Yorkshire at Stockton C.C. All spectators are welcome and
both teams would appreciate any support you can give.
Further information can be obtained from Pauline Peel regarding
women's cricket on 0191 3883550.