County U13 Girl's Cricket Festival - Trent Bridge Nottingham
County girls cricket team was invited to take part in the inaugural
U13 Festival being held at Trent Bridge.
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
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
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.
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.
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.