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Haileybury 1st XI Girls vs  The Perse Upper School
On: Saturday, 21 Apr 2018
Venue: at Home

1st Innings: The Perse 105-7 (20 overs)

Batting

Runs

4’s

6’s

Bowling

O

M

R

W

Leung

15n.o.

2

0

Daniels

3

0

9

2

Meakin

10n.o.

0

0

Allen

4

0

19

2

2nd Innings: Haileybury 83-6 (20 overs)

Batting

Runs

4’s

6’s

Bowling

O

M

R

W

Webb

42

2

0

Fawcett

1

0

3

2

Allen

10

0

0

Simminghouse

4

1

10

2

Match Report:

Everyone will remember where they were when Haileybury’s 1st XI Girls cricket team played their inaugural match. The setting was suitably sublime. Lower Pavilion basked in spring sunshine as Haileybury arranged themselves around the outfield, having lost the toss and been put into bowl by The Perse.

The excitement was palpable as Katherine Webb opened up with some impressive right arm pace from the Hailey End and it didn’t take her long to strike. It was a feature of the game that the girls had to be prompted to indulge in some of cricket’s more idiosyncratic traditions but it was a surprise to both umpires that Webb’s first wicket was met with almost monastic silence. By wicket two, the girls had got the hang of it and their celebrations became wilder and wilder as the afternoon wore on; the library-like atmosphere soon replaced with Hertfordshire’s own version of the IPL. The unnervingly accurate Lydia Daniels claimed two quick wickets and Tilly Allen’s hooping left armers sent the stumps cartwheeling backwards twice in quick succession. With Siena Milner taking a fine catch off the bowling of Emily Hughes and Scarlett Spavin taking a wicket with only her second ball in competitive cricket, Haileybury had the oppo reeling at 47-7. However an impressive 8th wicket partnership saw The Perse post a very respectable 105 from their 20 overs, leaving the girls plenty to mull over during the tea interval. The hot conditions meant being ‘sun-sensible’ was paramount in the girls’ minds and Lucy Boakes’ red hat, worn at the insistence of her mother, was both practical and stylish. Boakes’ cry that the hat clashed with her shoes was an early contender for quote of the day, but was narrowly pipped by wicketkeeper/Captain Immy Seth’s declaration that she was very happy at being able to swap ends every over as it kept her tan nice and even. There were no signs of the age-old “more blocks than Legoland” cricketing clichés here, oh no. The soon-to-be-created ‘Overheard at Girls Cricket’ blog could have quite a significant following.

On resumption, Haileybury’s innings got off to a tremendous start with Katherine Webb compiling a magnificent run-a-ball 42 before getting an in-swinging jaffa that she just couldn’t keep out. Tilly Allen, Mimi Harvey and Beth Davies all hit the ball hard before succumbing and Tia Patel’s late cameo showed real promise. A combination of tight bowling from The Perse and some slightly questionable running between the wickets meant Haileybury ultimately came up short in the run chase and their rotation of strike will surely be a focus of training sessions in the weeks ahead. Similarly, bowling work will be paramount, with extras reaching an impressive total of 63 to be leading run scorer by some distance. There is plenty to work on but be in no doubt as to whether these girls have what it takes. The team’s own chorus that echoed resoundingly across the pitch throughout the afternoon summed it up best:

‘These girls can.’

FSJH