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by Charlotte Burton
[Charlotte Burton]

Well itís been a couple of weeks now since my last update, I had hoped to have done at least one in the time between the last update, but I am afraid we three teams reaching the semi finals of the County Championship last week, it has been quite busy!!!!

Well we did it!!! The under 17s were crowned County Champions, the under 13s reached the final and were runners up and the 15s finished 4th in the Championship. With all this and the under 11s winning in July, what a season it has been for the junior squads, I am extremely proud and pleased for the players. It now means we have a lot more work during the winter to make sure we stay on top!


Under 13s:

The 13s played their semi final in Derbyshire and had to face Leicestershire which they won convincingly, winning by 9 wickets, with Tara Norris scoring 50.

They then faced a very strong Lancashire side in the final the next day. Lancashire had bowled Somerset out for just 29 the day before. Sussex kept Lancashire to 178 but Lancashires bowling was too strong for Sussex and they were bowled for 48. However they are still the 2nd best County in the Country at under 13s!!

Afraid I do not have individual scores as still waiting for results to be put on play cricket by the ECB.


Under 15s:

The 15s played their semi final in Wolverhampton and faced Devon in the semi finals. Having lost the toss, Sussex were asked to field and managed to bowl Devon out for 153 in the last over with Tanya Wake taking 3 for 28, Izzy Collis 3 for 36 and Megan Janman 2 for 10.

Abi Freeborn and Izzy Collis started well with the bat, with Abi scoring 37 and Izzy 21, but wickets kept falling around them. Abi Quinn(14) and Paige Scholfield (19) put up a fight in the middle order but when there wickets were taken the lower order fell very quickly and Sussex were bowled for 125.

The next day they had a 3rd/4th place match against Yorkshire and injuries from the day before didnít help Sussex chance. Again they fielded first and kept Yorkshire down to 138 for 8 with the wickets being shared by everyone. Sussex batted and struggled with the tight bowling from Yorkshire and were bowled out for 105. However the 15s have had a fantastic season and to still come 4th in the Country is a fantastic achievement.


Under 17s: County Champions!!!!!!!!!!!!

[Sussex U-17s]

The 17s faced Yorkshire in the semi final and within half an hour of the warm up, we had 3 injuries!, firstly an elbow in the eye, a nose bleed and a wasp sting in the hand, was this going to be a bad omen! Anyway, Yorkshire won the toss and put us in and with a slight change to our top order we started really well, with Chiara Green and Sophie Parnell putting on an opening partnership of 70 off 18 overs before Chiara was caught on 33. Carla Rudd lasted only 10 balls before being caught, however Rebecca Silk and Sophie Parnell started to re build  and soon Sophie reached her 50. Sophie and Rebecca put on a partnership of 43 before Sophie was caught and bowled on 57 and Rebecca followed a couple of balls later on 18. Georgia Adams and Izi Noakes then put on a quick partnership of 53 in 10 overs with Georgia scoring 25 (also with one eye closed most of the innings!) and Izi Noakes 37. Sam Wright then came in the last few overs and scored 13, resulting in Sussex finishing on 202 for 7.

We couldnít of started any better, Izi Noakes taking a wicket with the very first ball of the innings. We opened with Chiara at the other end who bowled tightly and kept the runs down at her end, and was unlucky not to take a wicket. All the bowlers used bowled very tightly and Yorkshire found Georgina Monk very difficult to play with her flighted spin. The 17s bowled Yorkshire out for 136 with Georgina Monk finishing on 3 for 27, Izi  2 for 13 and Sophie Parnell 1 for 16.

It had been an eventful day to say the least, but they had done it again, they had reached the under 17 county championship final for the third year in a row!

It was the finals day and this year it was going to be out year, after 2 years of missing out, the girls were determined to make sure it wasnít 3 and they were even more determined as they faced Kent again like last year. Thankfully there were no injuries in the warm up on this day!

We won the toss and elected to field first and again it was decided to go with the combination of a spin and quick bowler to open the bowling. Both Chiara and Izi started well with the ball, bowling in good areas and getting turn and swing. The first wicket came from a run out, with Kent on 15 off 6 overs. A wicket did not come until 10 overs later but the thing that Sussex did well was bowl to their field and kept the runs down. Jade Elphick trapped Katheryn Long (who scored 100 the day before) LBW, Kent were 43 for 2. It took another 12 overs before Sam Wright took another wicket but again Sussex were keeping the runs to a minimum , Kent were 86 for 3 off 27 overs. Paige Scholfield who played for the 15s the previous day, came into the attack and bowled at pace and full and took 1 wicket, then followed by another, she just missed out on a hat trick but took 2 further wickets soon after and Kent were now 105 for 7 off 33 overs. Jade, Sam and Chiara then finished off and bowled Kent out for 138. Paige Scholfield finished with figures of 4 for 9 off 6 with 4 maidens.

Georgia Adams and Chiara Green started well for Sussex and put us in a really good position, putting on 53 off 14 overs before Chiara was trapped LBW on 37, Sophie Parnell was then bowled 2 balls later and Georgia shortly soon after on 16. Sussex were 53 for 3, but like I said, Georgia and Chiara had put us in a good position that the girls had plenty of time to score 85 runs. Carla Rudd and Rebecca Silk played an exceptional innings, they didnít rush, they stayed calm and composed and waited for the bad ball and defended the good one. They put on a partnership of 59 together before Rebecca was bowled for 36, her best innings this season. Carla was joined by Izi Noakes and still had time, Carla had played her best innings of the season and probably the best I have seen her play with the bat and she led the 17s to victory finishing on 39 not out. The 17s were crowned County Champions!!!!

To say I am so happy for the girls is an understatement, for 9 of them this is there last season at under 17 and I know how much the girls wanted to win this year and they totally deserve it, they have been unbeaten all season, what a way to finish the season and their junior County career!!



The Women played Nottinghamshire on Sunday at Hastings on a very wet and cold day (winter has certainly arrived!!). Notts won the toss and decided to bat first and Sussex couldnít have started any better with Alexia taking a wicket with the first ball, bowling the batsman round her legs. Like all season Alexia and Georgia Elwiss have bowled extremely well as openers and have kept the runs down at the start and taken wickets at crucial times. Soon the heavens opened and rain came, it was decided to take an early lunch. Once the rain had stopped the teams went back out and no overs were lost, but Sussex were not out there for too long, they struggled to play Arran Brindle and Charlie Russell and their wickets tumbled and Notts were bowled out for 93, with Arran Brindle finishing on 5 for 17, Alexia 3 for 25, Georgia Elwiss 1 for 21 and Charlie Russell 0 for 14 off 10.

Caroline Atkins and Rosalie Birch led Sussex to victory with the bat, getting the runs in the 19th over, resulting in maximum bowling and batting points, Caroline finished on 37 and Rosalie 40.

The seniors have one final County Championship match this Sunday away to Kent at Sandwich. The Women cannot win the county championship but are looking to stay 2nd in the league.

Also a reminder the Women are in the semi finals of the T20 on Saturday 17th September.

So afraid you will have 2 more weekly updates coming from me Iím afraid