Match Report
Lord Wandsworth College Girls-U15A vs  St Swithun's School
On: Wednesday, 05 Jun 2024
Venue: Away

Well, what an incredible game. I have rarely seen such a close game in terms of excitement right up to the last few balls. Having won the toss, we chose to field. We were up against some exceptional batters, and I have never in my time seen anyone ramp two deliveries for four! We kept a lid on the runs, just about, with some deft fielding in the deep and excellent support from everyone on the field. Overs 5 to 10 really brought what would have been a big score down to one that seemed more reachable. Amber, Bex, Annabelle, Orla and Charlotte all put pressure on the batters with tight, full-length bowling, and it paid off with the gun batter Bristow being caught at mid off by Annabelle. From 13 to 20 we really reined them in, with a double-wicket over from Daphne, and only 39 runs from 8 overs, and 4 wickets. It was great to see everyone having a bowl, and it was excellent to see some lightning fielding, with Alice and Daphne pairing up on the off side to stop 4s, Bex, Lexi, Orla and Amber keeping tight in the close ring, Charlotte, Chloe, Annabelle and Kaitlyn all working hard on the edges to prevent 2s becoming 4s, or 1s becoming 2s, and Jodie being excellent behind the stumps. We got off to a great start with the bat, with Amber and Annabelle scoring off the weaker bowler and playing Bristow with respect. Annabelle earned her chocolate bar with a well-struck 6 over long on, before being bowled for 14 from 16on the very edge of off stump, having negotiated Bristow with real skill. The base had been constructed, though. Amber went for 19 from 24, run out, and Jodie scored a 4 off her first ball (new bat, just saying...) before being run out. Oral, Chloe and Bex all made starts, but it was Kaitlyn who played the innings of the game (and I mean the both sides...) in the way she controlled the scoring, managed the field, pushed for twos, and put us in a position where we could have won. She worked brilliantly with Bex and Lexi to harvest the strike and put pressure on the opposition. Their frustration was becoming ever more apparent as they moaned about singles and twos being given away. Sadly, we weren't able to capitalise off Bristowe's 18th over to give a chance of winning, and we ended just four short of our goal, with Lexi having been an excellent supporting batter over those final balls to try to give Kaitlyn the chance to win it for us. Her final shot, when we needed 6, in the air behind square leg, was a great attempt to get us the win, but it just didn't have the legs. So, a great afternoon of cricket, a shame to have come second, but some outstanding moments from everyone should make us all feel proud - I know I am. Kaitlyn was our player of the game.