Durham County U13 Girl's Cricket Festival - Trent Bridge Nottingham

The County girls cricket team was invited to take part in the inaugural U13 Festival being held at Trent Bridge.

This was the first time many of t he girls had been away from home let alone played three games of cricket in as many days. The accommodation was in the executive boxes at Trent Bridge and to arrive and sit on the balcony of their rooms and watch a 2nd XI game was a huge experience.

The first game for the Durham girls was against Notts. Durham batted first and made 142-4. Danielle Hazell was the major contributor with 73 not out and was supported well by wicketkeeper Katie Brennan who scored 18. The Durham girls fielded excellent and only the opening bat Vicky Vallance was able to score runs (36). The Notts girls were dismissed for 116 finishing 26 runs short of the Durham total. As a coaching festival all of the team bowled and the wickets were shared.

The Thursday saw Durham play Warwickshire. Durham batted first and were in serious trouble at 8-6. The total finished on 100-6 due largely to some poor bowling by the Warwickshire bowlers. Again Danielle Hazell was the mainstay of the team with 26 not out and was supported well by the 9 year old Ami Campbell who scored 18 not out. Durham again fielded and bowled well with the Warwickshire girls only passing the total in the 29th over and ending their innings on 104-7. Eight bowlers were used and the best bowling came from Danielle Hazell (13-2), Katie Rickard (12-2) and Sarah Lee who bowled 4 overs for 3 runs taking 1wicket.

The final day was Durham v Berkshire. Durham batted first and those who had not batted during the first two days were given their opportunity. Suzanne Falconer (17 ret hurt) and Lizzie Gilthorpe (19) put on a 2nd wicket partnership of 39 and again Danielle Hazell finished 11 not out. The Durham girls finished with a total of 71-5 in a reduced game of 25 overs. The team then had their best day in the field. Everyone bowled and they dismissed Berkshire for 19. Due to Berkshire still having a number of overs left Durham continued to field. At the end of their 25 overs Berkshire had scored a total of 43 runs while all of the Durham girls had bowled magnificently.

The whole purpose of the Festival was to allow the girls to experience playing 11-a-side cricket and receive coaching on the field during play. As the coach of the team they learned lots of the skills needed to compete in a match. A programme is now being put together for the girls to continue during the winter. Having seen the standard of other Counties, as a relatively new set up in Durham, we are not that far behind and will be competing competitively with the best in the next 2-3 years.


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