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by Charlotte Burton
[Charlotte Burton]

 Under-11s win Arundel Festival

The under 11 Sussex girls won the Arundel festival last week after winning two out of their three matches against Surrey and Middlesex. The Sussex under 11s play friendly matches throughout the summer, with the Arundel festival being the only competitive competition they face where a trophy is up for grabs.

Sussex played over three days, two at Arundel Castle and the final day at Arundel Town Cricket Club. On the first day they beat Surrey by 7 wickets with Sussex captain Ella Bourne putting in a match winning performance with both bat and ball, taking a hat-trick in the last over and scoring her maiden County 50 off 41 balls.

[Sussex U11 squad © unknown]

The second day they came up against a tough Essex side and lost their only match by 5 wickets, but Georgina Humphreys scored a good 38 off 42 balls and Ellie Robinson took 3 for 15 off her 4 overs.

On the final day they played Middlesex and Sussex knew that not only they had to get a win but also a good run rate to be in with a chance of winning the festival as Essex and Surrey also had won one match. It was a good competitive match against Middlesex, with on of their batsman scoring a 50, but with some tight bowling Sussex kept Middlesex down to 107 for 8, with Ella Bourne, Ellie Robinson and Pheobe O’Borne taking two wickets each.

Sussex were determined to get the runs and get them quickly, but losing 3 early wickets, Sussex needed someone to stay around and score quickly, and after her 38 the day before, Georgina Humphreys was continuing her form with the bat and lead Sussex to victory and finished on 48 not out off 40 balls.

Surrey had also won their match against Essex, so it was down to which team had the best run rate and after much waiting around, Sussex were crowned Arundel Festival champions after having a run rate of 5.9 while Surrey’s was 5.6. This is the first time Sussex has won the Arundel Festival and the first trophy for Sussex; let’s hope there are more to follow from the other age groups this season.

Sussex Women’s Director of Cricket, Charlotte Burton said, “ This is a fantastic achievement for the Sussex under 11s, the girls have been working extremely hard all winter and throughout the summer for this trophy and for them to finish off their season on such a high is brilliant. I am so pleased for the girls, there are so many talented players in the under 11 squad and hopefully they can someday follow in fellow Sussex players footsteps, Holly Colvin and Sarah Taylor who started their cricket at the Sussex under 11s and now play for England.”