Cup double a perfect end for Waggoners
Boys U10 and U11 sides triumph in county competitions
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.