Bank Holiday Success for County Women and Girls

The Durham County Women and Girls sections proved too strong for their opposition during the Bank Holiday weekend.

The Women's side played in the Friends of Durham Cricket Weekend Tournament organised by Durham University Women's Cricket Club.

Durham 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.

The 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 Wilkinson (2-28).

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 June.
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.


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