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
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!
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!!!
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
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.
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!!!!
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.