The girls cricket team have been playing in an indoor Womens league and this week achieved their first win. They have previously played against Hallam University who won the league that took place before Christmas and then we played Transport who, with 4 wins out of 4 including defeating Hallam University, look set to win the Spring indoor League. Bearing in mind our girls have not played this form of the game before and that all the other 6 teams have quite a bit of experience, we have done very well being competitive in the 2 previous matches. This week we were scheduled to play 2 matches, the first against Sheffield University first team and the second against Sheffield University Development Squad.
In the first match we were put in to bat and Collegiate scored 65 4 off our 12 overs. Unfortunatley we lost Imogen in the 1st over, but steady contributions from Megan, Alice, Molly, Raiann and Alveena meant we kept ticking the board along. Unfortunately, we have not quite got the hang of managing those quick runs which convert 1s into 3s. When it was our turn to bowl we put in some excellent spells and fielded brilliantly. The encouragement of the girls to each other has so far surprised most opposition sides as we are definitely the most vocal team! Great bowling by Molly, Imogen and Alice early on made things tough for the University but taking a wicket brought in the nos 3 batter who showed how it should be done! One good over from Molly and the first 4 balls all went for 3. Nudges to the corners and executing a run gave 12 easy runs off the 1st 4 balls, a big lesson for our girls. Alveena & Raiann continued with the good bowling which continued to make it hard for Sheffield Uni, but they got home in the last over with lots of wickets in hand!
Sheffield Uni 67 1 (11.2 overs)
Next up was the Sheffield Development squad and we were again inserted. Steady contributions from Alice, Molly, Megan, Raiann and Alveena aided by extras got us to a good total (Collegiate 84 3). This time our good bowling produced a steady crop of wickets and soon we were down to the last wicket, but their best bat was still in! The run rate was rising but they were getting closer, keeping us on our toes. With 23 needed off the last 2 overs it looked unlikely for Sheffield Development but not impossible. This was all irrelevant after Megan bowled a dot ball followed by clean bowling their stubborn opening bat. Celebrations all round!
Sheffield Uni Development 58 6 (10.4 overs)
Well done to all the girls who have played for us so far I have been so proud of the way you have played. You can also see that you are learning from every game which does you all credit! Last 2 games on 9th & 16th March will be tough, but its been a great experience!