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by Charlotte Burton
[Charlotte Burton]

Under 13 & 15 Girls Through to Quarter Finals of County Championship

As the growth of Women & Girls cricket continues to grow in England the standard of County cricket continues to develop year on year.

The Sussex girls junior age group squads are showing they are ruling the game in the South East as this year after both the under 13s and 15s have finished top of their league and have no progressed to the quarter finals of the County Championship, while the under 17s are currently top of their league with two matches still remaining.

[Sussex U-15 team © Dave Burt]

Under-15s (photo © Dave Burt)

The under 13s have had one of their most successful seasons winning six out of their eight matches and doing it in fine form. They have come top of the London league after winning matches against Essex, Surrey, Middlesex and last year’s overall County Champions Kent to reach the quarter finals. All the under 13s have played a part in the Sussex victory, such as Ellen Burt’s 39 against Essex and 3 for 11 against Middlesex, Eleanor Monk 4 for 8 and Tara Norris 49 not out against Middlesex.

Sussex under 13s will now face Buckinghamshire at home in the quarter finals on Saturday 6th August.

The under 15s have also had an outstanding season, also winning six out of their eight matches. Like the under 13s they have won the London league, after beating Essex, Surrey, Middlesex and Kent to reach the quarter finals. There have been a number of individual performances that have helped Sussex win matches, such as Megan Janman taking 5 for 5, Izzy Collis scoring 95 not out and Paige Scholfield 48, all against Kent. Also captain Alicia Caillard has lead from the front with 53 against Essex and her 42 not out off 34 balls in the final match against Middlesex to confirm the top of the table position. But overall it has been a team performance that has seen the 15s win the league.

The under 15s will now play Staffordshire in the quarter finals against at Laughton Cricket Club on Tuesday 9th August.

The under 17s are on course to reach the semi finals again this year as they are also currently top of the County Championship table with two matches still remaining. The have won all their matches so far against Kent, Gloucestershire, Surrey and Essex. They still have Somerset and Hampshire to play.

Sussex Women’s Director of Cricket, Charlotte Burton said; “I can’t tell you how pleased I am with all the junior age group squads this year, to have the under 11s win the Arundel Festival last week and now the 13s and 15s reaching the quarter finals and the 17s currently top of the table, the season is already one of the best we have had in years. All the girls have put in the hours and hard work over the winter to be in this position and to see the girls performing ever week and enjoying playing shows what a good set up we have in Sussex with girls cricket. For all four squads to be performing like they have is a fantastic achievement and it is all down to the girls for putting in the hard work over the last 12 months”.