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by Charlotte Burton
[Charlotte Burton]

Well what can I say, it has been another fantastic week and I am still smiling, I think I have been for the last month!!!

In total there were 7 matches and we had 4 wins, 1 loss, 1 abandoned and had 1 conceded! Two teams through to semi finals!

I have done quite a few reports in the last week for the papers. Last Wednesday and yesterday there was a piece in the Argus on the junior girls, also I have sent the articles to all the local papers, there were some reports in last week’s local papers and there are some in today’s and tomorrow’s local papers around the County.

 

Under 13s:

The Sussex under 13 girls have reached the semi finals of the County Championship after successfully beating Buckinghamshire in the quarter finals in a last ball thriller.

After winning the toss at Ferring Cricket Club, Sussex decided to field, and with some tight bowling from the openers, Ellen Burt and Tara Norris, Burt made the breakthrough with an early wicket, bowling the captain for 2.

Eleanor Monk soon came into the attack and took the wicket of the other opener, Anna Nicholls with a great catch behind from wicket keeper Jessica Saunders. Wickets continued to fall at regular stages of the game, but with some good batting from Buckinghamshire’s number 10 and 11, who put on a partnership of 32, Sussex restricted them for 147 for 9 in their 30 overs. The pick of the bowlers for Sussex were Molly Beadle, 2 for 14, Lucy Western 1 for 12 and Ellen Burt 1 for 15.

Sussex openers, Lucy Western and Tara Norris started well with the bat; they looked to be attacking from the start and looked to rotate the strike regularly. They put Sussex into a strong position when Western was bowled on 37 and Norris soon followed on 14.

However Ellen Burt and Nikki Chaudhuri continued where Western and Norris had left off, pulling and driving the ball into the gaps and keeping up with the run rate and getting Sussex ever closer to the target.

Chaudhuri was bowled for 16 with Burt out soon after LBW for 20, but Molly Beadle and Nicola Howell kept up the run rate and Sussex on course for victory. But with some tight bowling from Buckinghamshire, they brought it back and kept Sussex run rate down, however Beadle and Howell stayed out there and looked for the singles, and soon Sussex needed 2 off 2 overs.

Buckinghamshire bowled a tight second to last over and Sussex managed to score 1 run, the scores were tied and all Sussex needed to do was score 1 run in 6 balls. 5 balls were faced and still the scores were tied, 1 run was needed off the last ball and Howell was on strike, the ball was bowled and Howell drove it through the gap of cover and Sussex had won the quarter finals!

Sussex will now have to wait to see who they will face in the semi finals on Tuesday 30th August.

 

Under 17s:

The 17s were due to play Hampshire on Friday but on Wednesday I had a phone call from them saying they were conceding the match. It has been a very frustrating season for the 17s we have had 3 rained off, thankfully I was able to re-arrange 1 against Kent, but had problems re-arranging the other 2 and now to have one conceded, so far they have only played 4 out of 8 games with 1 match remaining!

 

Seniors:

The Sussex seniors had a total of 5 matches last week. They had 2 days of the T20 competition and I am pleased to say they have reached the semi finals of the T20 after beating Kent in the final of their regional round! They will now take part in the T20 final on Saturday 17th September.

 

Day 1: v Essex

Essex won the toss and decided to bat first, which was to be in our favour. Our bowlers were on form, with opening bowler Sophie Parnell taking the wickets of the two opening batsman, resulting on Essex being on 10 for 2. Izi Noakes soon stepped in taking 2 wickets, while Sophie followed up with a 3rd wicket. Our bowling was consistent and tight and wickets continued to fall, with Alexia Walker and Chiara Green taking 2 wickets each and Arran Brindle 1. Essex were bowled out for 59 off 17 overs, with Sophie finishing on 3 for 8, Izi 2 for 10, Alexia 2 for 7 and Chiara 2 for 1. It also has to be mentioned that Sarah Taylor had a good start behind the stumps, taking 2 catches and 2 stumpings. Also Sussex only gave away 1 wide!

[Sarah Taylor © Don Miles]

Sarah Taylor

We reached the total in 13 overs, with Georgia Elwiss scoring 27 not out and Alexia Walker 15 not out.

 

Day 1: v Middlesex

It has only taken to August, but Caroline finally won the toss for the first time of the season!! She decided to continue to field first and in the first over, Georgia Elwiss took the wicket of Australian captain, Jodie Fields from a catch in the covers from Lucy Uncles. Sophie Parnell then took the second wicket, which meant Beth Morgan came in to join Jenny Halstead.

Morgan and Halstead started to build a partnership, by running well together and they helped Middlesex to 41 before Alexia Walker took the wicket of Halstead. Morgan followed 24 runs later caught by Sarah Taylor and bowled by Holly Colvin. Middlesex player, Charlotte Gallagher battled out in the middle and scored a good 30 not out and helped Middlesex finish on 104 for 6 in the 20 overs. Alexia Walker finished with figures of 2 for 28, Sophie Parnell 1 for 10, Arran Brindle 1 for 14 and Georgia Elwiss and Holly Colvin both finishing on 1 for 18. Only bowled 2 wides this time!

After a year of being out injured, Georgia Adams played her first game a week before the T20, and in this match she opened and it looked like she had never been away, she was hitting the ball with a lot of power, playing some good shots and was running well between the wickets. Georgia and Sarah Taylor put on a partnership of 70 before Georgia was caught for 45 off 47 balls, with 6 fours. Sarah and Lucy Uncles saw Sussex home and reach the total in the 16th over, with Sarah on 39 not out off 34 balls.

 

Day 2: v Kent (Match 1)

We were due to play Kent twice on day 2, one in the rounds and in the final as both teams had won two matches each on the first day.

Kent won the toss and elected to bat first, Charlotte Edwards and Laura Marsh got Kent to 73 before Arran Brindle caught Laura off the bowling off Georgia Elwiss for 24. Tammy Beaumont came in and continued where Laura left off and got Kent to 117 before Izi Noakes bowled Charlotte Edwards for 69 off 49 balls. Sussex then pulled it back with the ball and kept Kent down to 158 for 7 off their 20 overs, with Georgia Elwiss finishing with 3 for 29 and Izi Noakes, Arran Brindle, Holly Colvin and Chiara Green taking a wicket each.

Sussex gave the opportunity to those players who had not batted on the first day a chance to get some batting in before the final, and with Sarah Taylor at number 10 and Alexia Walker at number 11 it just goes to show that we have a fantastic batting line up and all the players who took part in the T20 can bat anywhere in the order from 1 to 11, which I don’t think you find in any other County.

[Caroline Atkins © Don Miles]

Georgia Elwiss and Hannah Phelps opened the batting, and in the first over they had hit 12 off Laura Marsh and were keeping up on the run rate!! Georgia was caught for 11 off 7 balls. Arran Brindle then joined Hannah Phelps and helped get Sussex to 44 before Hannah was run out for 10. Arran then put on a strong and important partnership with Caroline Atkins, they put on 49 before Arran was caught on 46 off 40 balls. Wickets began to fall at regular stages, with Caroline also being caught for 34 off 27. After 20 overs Sussex reached 135 for 8, a loss, but all the players were now prepared for the final in the afternoon against Kent!

 

Day 2: v Kent (Final)

Caroline was now on a role and again won the toss and decided to field first for the fourth time in two days, and it was a great decision as we had a brilliant start, with Izi Noakes taking the wicket of Laura Marsh in the first over and then following up with the wicket of Charlotte Edwards in her second over, Kent were 13 for 2. And if that wasn’t enough Izi decided she wanted one more England player to get out on her list and soon took the wicket of Lydia Greenway, Kent were 22 for 3! However Tammy Beaumont and Susie Rowe had a lot of work to do and they looked to stay in as they put on a partnership of 83 before Tammy was caught by Sophie Parnell off the bowling of Lucy Uncles for 36. Susie Rowe then had to build another partnership, but wickets continued to fall around her with Georgia Elwiss taking 2, and run outs from Sofie Cawley and Arran Brindle, Kent reached 131 for 9 with Susie Rowe on 57 not out. Izi Nokes finished with 3 for 23, Georgia Elwiss 2 for 20 and Lucy Uncles 1 for 7.

Sussex lost opener Alexia Walker for 4 in the first over, Sarah Taylor joined Georgia Elwiss at the crease and both players, who are hard hitting and very attacking players, supported each other at the crease and got Sussex to 37 before Georgia hit the ball straight back and after hitting Laura Marsh hand hit the stumps and Sarah was run out, however the bails did not come off first time!

Arran Brindle and Georgia Elwiss ran well together and looked to rotate the strike every ball and put on a partnership of 34 before Georgia was caught for 26. However Sussex were up on the run rate. Caroline Atkins was caught at Mid wicket quickly and Arran followed soon after and Sussex were 79 for 5. Holly Colvin and Hannah Phelps then took responsibility of the innings and worked the ball into the gaps, playing a number of reverse sweeps, they got Sussex to 111 before Hannah was caught and bowled for 16. Holly continued to battle in the middle and was determined to see Sussex home, and after losing Lucy Uncles and Sophie Parnell, all that was needed was 5 off 6 balls. Izi Noakes came in and pushed the ball for 1, 4 off 4, and Holly was not going to stick around, the ball was bowled, Holly went back and pulled the ball and it went past in-between deep backward square and deep mid wicket for 4 and Sussex won the final of the T20!!!

The good thing about the two days of the T20, every single player who took part played an important part, and they all stood up and took on any role they were given, it was a fantastic team effort and some of the catches throughout the two days were fantastic.

The Women have now reached the semi finals which takes place on the 17th September.

County Champs v Berkshire

After 3 days off the Women went back to the County Championship campaign and had to face Berkshire away. Sussex won the toss and elected to field first and soon Georgia Elwiss got the wicket of Isa Ghua caught in gully. Alexia Walker then trapped their number 3 LBW, Berkshire were 22 for 2. However Heather Knight played a really good innings and did not look in danger at all, she was also joined by Alice Macleod and they put on 115 before Alice was trapped LBW by Alexia for 50. In a rain affected match, Sussex had to go off a number of times. When there was a brief break Sussex went back out and Heather Knight continued where she left off and scored 115 before Georgia Elwiss took her wicket. Berkshire finished on 208 for 5 off 50 overs.

Over tea the rain came again and it came down hard, and after it stopped and a lot of waiting around, it looked like we were on the verge of going out to play 20 overs, however the umpires felt it was too wet and the match was abandoned.

There are some important matches this week:

Tuesday 9th August – Under 15s v Staffordshire – Quarter Finals (report next week) – WE WON!!

 Saturday 13th August – Under 17s v Somerset – Sherbourne 1pm start (last league match)

Saturday 13th August – Women v Middlesex – away 11am start

Sunday 13th August – Women v Middlesex – The Saffrons, Eastbourne, 11am start

Just so you know I have spoken to the local Eastbourne paper and they are going to do a piece in tomorrow’s paper to advertise the Women’s match at The Saffrons, especially as the club themselves have a growing girls section.

I hope to still be smiling after this weekend!!!