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by Charlotte Burton
[Charlotte Burton]

Well what another fantastic week of cricket, the last 3 weeks have been unbelievable itís just a shame we have 2 weeks where we will have no county cricket, what will I do with my weekly reports!!!! Donít worry still loads of things happening in the meantime!

Well last week we had 4 matches, 4 wins!!!! 2 teams joining the 13s to the semi finals!!!! It canít get any better than that!

 

Under 15s

The 15s had their quarter final on Tuesday at Laughton cricket club against Staffordshire and after winning the toss Sussex elected to bat first. I was a bit late as I was doing a holiday camp and when I arrived we were 27 for 3! But captain, Alicia Caillard came in and was attacking from the start and was determined to lead her side to a solid total. She was well supported by Paige Scholfield who scored 13 and Tanya Waker 24. Alicia and Tanya put on a 7th wicket stand of 56. Alicia played a very good innings and made sure she stayed out there in the middle to get Sussex to a good total, it was the last ball and she was on 99!! The ball flew past her bat and she was run out on 99! It is her highest score for Sussex and a match winning score. She scored 99 off 88 balls with 13 fours and 2 sixes, a captains innings. Sussex finished on 175 for 9.

Staffordshire had their overs reduce to slowness of bowling their overs in the time, so they had to score 176 in 31 overs.

Sussex couldnít of started any better, Megan  Janman caught and bowled the opener off the very first ball, it was a great start for Sussex and it was start of many more wickets at regular stages of the game. Sussex bowled tight lines and lengths and were very strong and loud in the field. Paige Scholfield put in an outstanding performance with the ball taking 4 for 7 off 5 overs. The 15s bowled Staffs out for 71.

It was great to see players stand up and take responsibility with the bat and ball when we needed it.

The 15s join the 13s in the semi finals of the County Championship!!!

 

Under 17s

The 17s had their last league match on Saturday away in Dorset against Somerset. I have to say that it was a really nice ground and lovely surroundings at Sherborne.

Sussex lost the toss and were put into bat on a  wicket which was slow and low and caused problems for our batsman but with a good knock of 30 not out at the end from Sam Wright, Sussex reached 135 for 9, with runs also from Chiara Green (23) and Sophie Parnell (22).

Sussex bowlers were slightly quicker than Somerset which meant they got the ball to come through a lot quicker and at times got some bounce off the pitch. The 17s bowled in their areas and Somerset struggled to clear the field and eventually were bowled out for 90 with Sam Wright finishing off a great day with 4 for 14 and Sophie Parnell 3 for 18.

There were some outstanding catches in the slips, one from Georgia Adams, taking a low one diving to her right at first slip, also a good catch at Gully by Chiara Green and one in close on the off side from Sophie Parnell.

We thought we had won the league but it seems the conceded match from Hampshire as resulted in us being second, but we have still secured a place in the semi finals!

 

The semi finals for the 13s, 15s and 17s are on Tuesday 30th August and the finals and 3rd/4th place matches are on Wednesday 31st August. Venue and teams we will be playing are still to be confirmed.

 

 

Seniors

 

The Women had a double header against Middlesex this weekend after re-arranging the match that was rained off earlier in the season.

They played Middlesex away on Saturday and I am afraid I do not have the scores as that game is not on play cricket yet, but I can tell you Sussex won as we scored 242 I believe with Sarah Taylor scoring 70 and Caroline Atkins 50.

On the Sunday the Women played at The Saffrons, Eastbourne, after being distracted by the red arrows flying over the ground because it was the Eastbourne air show, I did manage to see some of the cricket!!!!

[Red Arrows © Don Miles]

Caroline continues to be on form with winning the toss, itís only taken most of the season!! Sussex decided to field first and with some solid bowling and some great fielding, Sussex bowled Middlesex out for 127. Jenny Halsted scored 83 of them for Middlesex, while Holly Colvin took 3 for 18, Charlie Russell 1 for 17, Alexia Walker 1 for 23 and Georgia Elwiss 1 for 30. There were also 2 very good run outs from Alexia Walker and Holly Colvin.

Sussex reached the total in 32.2 overs with Rosalie Birch top scoring on 45, with support from Sarah Taylor 25 and Arran Brindle 23.

This leaves Sussex currently second in the table behind Kent with 2 matches remaining.

 

As you are probably aware I am still smiling, what a season so far, there is still a long way to go to get some more silverware, but whatever happens I couldnít be any prouder of the girls they have all done brilliantly this year in all age groups.

 

Well for 2 weeks we have no County Cricket, what? I hear you say, donít worry you will still have a report next week, because on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday this week we have 11 Sussex players taking part in the junior super 4s, I am sure you will join me in wishing them the best this week. We are the only county to have this high number of players selected, I think the next County behind us is Yorkshire with 4 selected. If we had one more we could have made a team in the junior super 4s (before you all say something I know you only need 11 for a team but you always need a 12th!!!!) Also good luck to Alexia who will be coach for the Diamonds.

 

As soon as I have details for the Semi finals I will inform you all.