On 19 June, despite the scorching 30 degree heat, the Stroud High U15 cricket team took a smashing victory against Kings School.
We even started the match with a win as our captain Anya Ainsley-Bridger won the toss and elected to bowl. Rosie Grist opened the bowling and after a quick single bowled the King’s number two batsman for a Golden Duck. From then on we played our 20 overs with perseverance and tenacity, tackling the heat head on.
Stroud High fielded tightly and after a couple of quick wickets King’s top order was gone and the batting side were in trouble! The first game of the season for the girls, and the first hard ball game for some, brought out the best in the team as they bowled tightly taking a total of ten wickets which lead to the return of Kings’ opening retired batsman. Kings ended with a respectable 103 runs and after the collapse of the top order it took some big hitting from batters 5 and 6 to push the order up. 103 runs was a high target set by the strong batting side that all play club cricket frequently. Bowlers Grace Tavner and Gracie Foreman were excellent with the ball and the use of the hard ball really highlighted their excellent accuracy.
Openers Anya and Alice Cappell started the chase strongly sending a flurry of boundaries to the fence as well as some excellent quick singles. Anya smashed a six within the first over sending the ball straight back over the bowlers head! Alice Cappell batted with extreme determination but was gone soon into the fifth over caught at mid-wicket. Number three batsmen Rosie took to follow with a four to set her score going. Rosie, bowled out, looking to pull but the ball dragged on to the stumps. The following batters Ella Harwanko and Laura Burgess rebuilt the innings with excellent running between the wickets before Ella departed following her four. Anaya Powis then came to the crease scoring the majority of the remaining runs to push Stroud High over the 100 mark. Anaya retired soon after leaving Florence Jones-Jobst, Ruby Hyde and Izzie Morris to finish off the excellent display of batting from the Stroud High Girls. The final score was 109-7 vs. 103-10 with Kings still to bowl 2 and a half overs.
As if the day couldn’t be better, Mr Mcshane joined the waiting batsmen, lifting spirits with his expedient advice and handy tips!