County u17 Girls Reach National FinalsThe County u17s Girls closed off a fantastic season narrowly missing out on becoming national champions at the ECB Royal London national finals.
The girls reached the final after a superb semi-final victory over Kent at Uppingham Town CC. Batting first, the girls finished their innings on what might have been a disappointing 113 all out off 35.5 of their alloted 40 overs (Georgia Norman top scoring with 21 not out) after a tight bowling and fielding display by the Kent girls. The girls dusted themselves down at the interval and came out fighting in the field. Kent looked to be in great position at 99 for 6, but Staffs stuck to their game and took the final 4 Kent wickets for 10 runs, winning a great game by 4 runs (Olivia Bentley 3 for 14).
The final was against Lancashire who had beaten Somerset in the other semi-final by 21 runs.
Lancashire batted firat and were restricted to 97 for 9 from their 40 overs by some excellent bowling from the team wit wickets being spread across the Staffs attack. Having stumbled from 32 for 1 after 8 to 60 for 5 at the drinks interval, the rain interrupted our reply and so the girls were set a revised target of 90. Unfortunately, this proves too many as Lancs bowled Staffs out for 80 - winning the final by 10 runs.
Captain, Meg Jones, who made it 4 consecutive national finals appearances this year, tweeted "Sometimes it's not your day, but I couldn't be prouder of this squad only losing 1 match all season. You've made my last age group season one to remember".
Congratulations to the Lancs girls but a massive well done to the Staffs County Girls u17s players, coaches and parents on a tremendous season.
Posted on Friday 31st August 2018, in Latest News