The Year 9 and 10 girls cricket team took part in the Chance to Shine Festival on the Friday at the Parks Leisure Centre. The girls played against 4 different schools including John Spence, Whitley Bay High and St Thomas More.
In game 1 St Mary’s played against John Spence A. Helen Donner and Grace Taylor opened the batting and got St Mary’s off to a great start with 13 runs coming from the 1st over. Helen carried on in over 2 with some brutal hitting, retiring after 5 balls on 16 not out. Thea Cowie came in and scored well immediately, but Grace was unlucky to be caught when the ball got tangled in the rope at the side of the pitch. Lucy Hobbs and Lily Young steadily accumulated runs and moved St Mary’s along nicely before Lucy was bowled for 12. Lily retired near the end of the innings for a well made 16, with St Mary’s finishing on 79.
Lucy and Helen opened the bowling and started well and were very accurate, but John Spence hit the ball powerfully to score quickly. Grace got the breakthrough thanks to an excellent catch off the wall from Lucy and bowled a very tight over to get St Mary’s back in the game. John Spence continued to score well and seemed to be coasting to victory before Lily Young bowled an outstanding over to take 2 wickets in 2 balls. The game came down to the final over with Lucy bowling for St Mary’s and John Spence needing only 5 runs to win the game. John Spence batted well and scored off the first 3 balls before 3 big hits gave them the victory by 97 runs to 79.
In game 2 St Mary’s came up against St Thomas More and bowled first. Lucy, Lily and Grace were the leading wicket takers but the pick of the bowlers was Gianna Foster who bowled very accurately and only conceded 2 runs from her 6 balls. Lucy and Thea Cowie also added run outs in what was a fantastic fielding performance, limiting St Thomas More to only 66 runs. Lucy and Rebecca Leitch opened the batting but Rebecca was out quickly with the score on 5. Lucy hit some excellent shots to retire on 17* before Georgia Wiseman played the anchor role to perfection, taking responsibility and making sure she didn’t get out cheaply to guide St Mary’s towards their target. Gianna Foster was very unlucky to be run out without facing a ball when there was a big mix up and both girls ended up in the middle of the wicket. Some big hitting at the end from Helen Dooner sealed the win with St Mary’s again finishing on 79 and putting St Mary’s through to the semi-finals. This was a fantastic performance from the girls and was well deserved.
In the semi-final St Mary’s were up against Whitley Bay High. Grace got the innings off to an excellent start with 8 runs in the first over but Helen was unfortunately caught for 0. Grace quickly retired in the second over for 16 but the hitting didn’t stop with Thea hitting her first ball for a massive 6! Lucy was very unlucky to be run out backing up when Thea hit the ball straight back to the bowler. Lily continued the attack with some excellent shots of her own to keep the scoreboard moving nicely and move St Mary’s towards a very big total. Thea and Lily retired for 16* shortly after bringing Ellen Clarke and Georgia Wiseman to the crease. The girls ran aggressively without hitting big shots and managed to steal enough runs to get St Mary’s to a total of 97.
Lucy and Grace opened the bowling and bowled an excellent over, limiting Whitley Bay by not allowing a boundary. Gianna bowled another accurate over before Lily struck with an excellent catch taken by Thea Cowie behind the stumps. Lily and Helen then combined for a terrific run out, with a quick pick up and throw leaving the batter well short of the crease. Another caught behind from the bowling of Helen left Whitley Bay with only 3 wickets left. Into the last over Whitley Bay needed 11 from 6 balls. A mix up and some excellent fielding from Chloe Swinbanks led to a run out from the first ball of the over. The second ball was struck for what seemed a certain 6 but Grace Taylor pulled off a breathtaking catch, jumping up high and extending one hand to take an absolute stunner. Some excellent bowling from Lucy made life difficult for Whitley Bay, and they were unable to score from the final 4 balls of the match giving St Mary’s the win by 11 runs. A fantastic performance sending St Mary’s through to the final against John Spence A and qualifying for the county finals on the 17th of March.
St Mary’s had a disastrous start in the final, losing Grace, Lily and Thea with only 1 run on the scoreboard. Lily and Helen battled back with some excellent shots to move the scoreboard along and start to move St Mary’s to a respectable total. Georgia and Ellen put on a very important partnership in the final 3 overs to get St Mary’s to a respectable of 63.
St Mary’s needed a great start to have any chance of winning the game and Lucy started the innings with an outstanding over with 3 wickets falling in the first 5 balls. St Mary’s continued their fast start with another run out from the second over and really gave themselves a chance. The spirit shown by the girls was excellent, never giving up despite defending a very low score. They continued to bowl and field well with Gianna again bowling very accurately and taking a crucial wicket to get St Mary’s back in the game. John Spence had scored well and overcame the St Mary’s total with 2 balls remaining.
A fantastic effort from the girls to qualify for the County Finals. We look forward to going one step further on the 17th of March!
Lucy Hobbs (capt), Gianna Foster, Helen Dooner, Lily Young, Ellen Clarke, Georgia Wiseman, Rebecca Leitch, Chloe Swinbanks, Grace Taylor, Thea Cowie.
Players of the day:
Lucy Hobbs – Lucy was very strong with both bat and ball on the day, and led the team well with constant support and encouragement for all her teammates.
Grace Taylor – strong in all aspects of the game but her outstanding catch will live long in the memory!
Gianna Foster – the pick of the bowlers throughout the day, bowling very accurately and limiting the opposition to few runs each time she bowled.