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Girls Make it Two From Two With Win Over Speldhurst

17 May 2021 - Harry Robinson

Another win for the U12 Girls last night against Speldhurst at The Vine. The game only went ahead thanks to Sophie, Victoria and Violet agreeing to play for the opposition, so many thanks to them. Indeed as The Vine had a late withdrawal Sophie ended up batting and bowling for both sides. The Vine, again captained by Rosie, lost the toss and were asked to bowl.

Lucy B opened the bowling, taking 2 wickets in her first over. Rosie and Darcey followed suit each taking a wicket in their first over.Speldhurst were in reeling, but then their district player Xander came in hitting a rapid 22.  Next in for Speldhurst were Victoria and Violet making their hardball debuts, they both batted superbly sharing a partnership of 20.But a wicket for Sophie and Emilia and an accurate 2 overs each from Lucy W, doing brilliantly on debut, and Jemima restored The Vine advantage.Speldhurst had scored 70 run for the loss of 7 wickets so a net score of 35, leaving The Vine needing a net score of 36 to win.

The Vine opened with a strong pair of Darcey and Lucy B, who shared a partnership of 15 in the first 4 overs. It proved a good call as importantly they saw off 2 fairly fast overs from Xander. Jemima and Darcy then shared an excellent partnership, with Darcy top scoring for The Vine with 15. Emilia and Lucy W were next in and had to deal with the returning Xander, doing very well to keep the Vine ahead of the target. Finally Rosie and Sophie shared an excellent partnership to ensure a Vine victory.The Vine had scored 84 runs, only 14 more than Speldhurst, but crucially had only lost 3 wickets compared to Speldhurst’s 7, so ended with a net score of 69 compared to Speldhurst’s 35.

Looking ahead to next week we are away against Shoreham & Otford, who have merged. There will be a fair amount of rotation as we have about 14 girls available each week and only 8 places.