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by Charlotte Burton
[Charlotte Burton]

Weekend June 25-26


We had 3 games at the weekend and 2 wins and 1 loss.

Under 11s:

The 11s played Middlesex away and won by 22 runs. Sussex won the toss and sent Middlesex to field in the hottest weather this year!!! (very tactical I think!!!). The girls batted well and finished on 116 for 4.

Everyone was given the opportunity to bowl (except the wicket keeper I believe) and the wickets were shared about. But it was the fielding that stood out on this day as there were 3 run outs all from direct hits!! From what I have heard the fielding was outstanding with the girls working in pairs on the boundary and returning the ball quickly to the wicket keeper. I know when I saw them a couple of weeks ago, the fielding was brilliant. Middlesex reached 94 for 9 in their 25 overs.

Under 13s:

After 4 consecutive wins, the under 13s lost their first match this Sunday and as a result I have been banned from seeing them play again!!!! They played away to Surrey and I went to see them for the first time this season, so I am being blamed for the loss!!!

Anyway Sussex batted first and all the batters struggled with the straight ball. With the bowling being slow and the ball getting stuck in the pitch and not coming up like you would hope the girls played back and were bowled! After their 30 overs Sussex reached 108 for 9 with Izi Nixon putting in a good performance at the end with 19 not out and Tia Penny being very attacking in the middle order scoring 16, unfortunately these were the only two players to make double figures.

Sussex started well with the ball, with Ellen Burt taking a wicket on her second ball, she is one player to keep an eye on, she bowls consistently well, with good pace and the batsman struggled to make contact with the ball. The good thing is she has started to grow even more since the winter and looks like a good fast bowler for the future.

The umpires were being very strict on the wides and anything down leg was a wide. Our bowling was good we bowled a good line and length but gave away too many bad balls and dropped a few catches and missed a couple of chances . Surrey reached 110 for 5 in 23.3 overs. Eleanor Monk took 2 for 19 and Ellen Burt 1 for 12 off 6 overs.

I know the 13s will come back this week and they are all very determined to win this week (don’t worry I won’t be there!!)

Under 17s:

The 17s finally played their second match after a number of games have been rained off!! They were at home to Essex at Blackstone. We lost the toss and were put in on a slow wicket. We lost Chiara and Carla early on, but Sophie Parnell and Kirstin Mair started to build a partnership on a very difficult pitch, they put on 33 before Sophie was bowled, Kirtsin was soon bowled on 23 and we then lost 3 quick wickets and we were on 88 for 8 off about 24 overs. Essex were bowling very short and the ball was sticking in the pitch and we were being bowled with the ball keeping very low and not getting up. Megan Janman and Jade Elphick did what was asked of them, a target of 140 was set and they were told to see the overs out and they did not fail, they built a very good partnership and played very sensibly and they waited for the bad balls and they kept rotating the strike. They put on a partnership of 68 with Megan scoring 35 not out and Jade 15 not out and leading Sussex to 156 for 8 in the 45 overs.

Sussex bowled well and Izi Noakes took the first wicket in her second over. The girls bowled a good line and length and kept plugging away. Essex were 73 for 2 with a lot of overs in hand, Chiara Green bowled really well, she got the ball to turn and got good flight on the ball and was unlucky not to take a couple of wickets. Jade Elphick and Georgina Monk came onto bowl and caused problems for Essex, Georgina took the wicket of opening batsman Bryony Butcher who batted very well for 50. Wickets then began to fall regularly, Essex were 83 for 3 and after 45 overs they reached 127 for 9 and Sussex won by 27 runs. Jade Elphick took 3 for 10 off 7 overs, Georgina Monk 2 for 30, Izi Noakes 2 for 24, Chiara Green 0 for 20 off 9 overs.

There are 2 matches this weekend:

Saturday 2nd July – Under 13s v Essex at Lancing College – 2pm start

Saturday 2nd July – Under 15s v Kent away – 2pm start

Other News:

If you don’t know already (I would be in shock if you didn’t know) England won the T20 quad series on Monday. Sussex players Holly Colvin and Sarah Taylor did Sussex proud, Sarah was awarded player of the match against Australia on Saturday for her outstanding wicket keeping. Holly was awarded player of the match on Thursday against New Zealand for her 3 wickets and run out. Holly was also awarded player of the series on Monday for her 7 wickets and economy rate of 4.55 per over. Well done girls and good luck for the ODI series starting today at Derby.

Also it was announced yesterday that Georgia Elwiss has been called into the England squad to replace injured Jenny Gunn, I am sure you will join me in wishing Georgia the best.