Cup dou­ble a per­fect end for Wag­goners

Boys U10 and U11 sides tri­umph in county com­pe­ti­tions

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT - By Roger Web­ster tms-sport@trin­i­tymir­

BALLINGER Wag­goners CC are cel­e­brat­ing end­ing the cricket sea­son on a high with a dou­ble county cup tri­umph.

The club’s U10s and U11s have both landed the Boys Bucks Cup, beat­ing Bea­cons­field and Che­sham in their re­spec­tive fi­nals.

The U10s beat Bea­cons­field by 31 runs, while the U11s beat Che­sham by 17 runs, thus join­ing the U11 and U13 girls in be­com­ing county cham­pi­ons.

This is in ad­di­tion to the achieve­ments of the adult sec­tion, where the Sun­day side went through­out the whole sea­son un­beaten (ex­cept in a friendly against High Wy­combe), while their sec­ond XI were run­ners-up in the Mid Bucks League Knock­out Cup.

Just as pleas­ing was the na­tional recog­ni­tion achieved by the U13 girls, when they were voted win­ners of the CMJ Spirit of Cricket Award for Women and Girls.

This fol­lowed a game against Che­sham, when their op­po­nents turned up with only six play­ers, but Ballinger al­lowed them to

TRI­UMPHS: (Clock­wise from above) Ballinger girls at Lord’s; U11 boys; and the U12s use up their 20 overs by let­ting two bat­ting pairs bat for eight overs each, and one for the re­main­ing four.

Ballinger then loaned Che­sham four field­ers, one of whom ran out her team-mate with a di­rect-hit and ended up los­ing the match by 10 runs.

It was only Ballinger’s sec­ond loss of a sea­son in which they fin­ished third, while Che­sham re­mained un­beaten and were pro­moted.

Fol­low­ing their award, the girls en­joyed a day at Lord’s to see the Royal Lon­don One Day Fi­nal, and dur­ing the lunch break they were in­ter­viewed and broad­cast na­tion­ally on Test Match Spe­cial.

Away from the pitch, the club will be car­ry­ing out phased im­prove­ments of their fa­cil­i­ties over the win­ter to bring them bang up to date.

These will in­clude the re­moval of ex­ist­ing pav­il­ion and build­ing of a brand new larger one, ex­tend­ing the square and adding a new ar­ti­fi­cial strip, and putting in two brand new state-of-theart net fa­cil­i­ties.

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