High School aim to bowl over com­pe­ti­tion in na­tional fi­nals

Gloucestershire Echo - - SPORT -

DEN­MARK Road High School’s un­der-15 crick­eters are through to the Na­tional In­door Cricket Fi­nals at Lord’s on May 22.

The jour­ney to Lord’s be­gan with wins against Newent and King’s School in the Dis­trict qual­i­fy­ing round, be­fore tak­ing on the best schools in Glouces­ter­shire at UWE in Bris­tol. Af­ter win­ning their three group games com­fort­ably, they faced Red­nock in the fi­nal, and af­ter a shaky start posted a good score with the bat, be­fore they blew away the Red­nock top or­der in tak­ing five wick­ets in the first two overs, run­ning out em­phatic win­ners.

This meant they rep­re­sented Glouces­ter­shire at the Mid­lands fi­nals at Edg­bas­ton and they again won their group games con­vinc­ingly against the best schools from Ox­ford­shire, Worces­ter­shire and War­wick­shire.

DRHS faced the im­pres­sive Blythe Bridge High School from Stafford­shire in the fi­nal, and chose an op­por­tune time to post their high­est score to date, rack­ing up 106 in their eight overs.

An ex­cel­lent bowl­ing per­for­mance saw them re­duce Blythe to 70-6 with two overs to go, but this brought Blythe’s lead­ing all-rounder back in, and she played re­ally in­tel­li­gently to give her team a chance of win­ning with one over to go.

How­ever, need­ing bound­aries to win, she was caught off the first ball of the fi­nal over, leav­ing Den­mark Road as Mid­lands’ cham­pi­ons.

Game 1 vs Ox­ford High School – win by 69 runs - DRHS 97-5 (Katie Jones 18 re­tired, Sophie Paulus 15 re­tired, Maddie Davis 10 not out) OHS 28-8 (Becky Gree­nough 1-1-0-2) Game 2 vs Uni­ver­sity of Birm­ing­ham School – win by 18 runs - DRHS 93-3 (Katie Jones 16 re­tired, Betsy Man­gan 18 re­tired, Grace Matthews 13 not out) UOBS 76-7 (Liv Brock 2-0-20-2, Betsy Man­gan 2-0-17-2, Sophie Paulus 1-0-10-2)

Game 3 vs Christo­pher White­head School – win by 27 runs - DRHS 100-6 (Katie Jones 18 not out, Sophie Paulus 18 not out) CWS 73-6 (Sophie Paulus 1-0-3-2, Maddie Davis 1-0-12-2)

Fi­nal vs Blythe Bridge High School – win by 19 runs - DRHS 106-5 (Katie Jones 23 not out, Liv Brock 17 re­tired) BBHS 87-8 (Betsy Man­gan 2-0-26-2, Becky Gree­nough 1.1-012-2)

Ev­ery player in the squad has made im­por­tant con­tri­bu­tions through­out the com­pe­ti­tion, par­tic­u­larly with the bat where their self­less at­ti­tude and tiger­ish run­ning be­tween the wick­ets has helped the team post match­win­ning to­tals.

They are now one of five teams left in the com­pe­ti­tion, and will face the other re­gional win­ners in a round robin for­mat to see who will be crowned cham­pi­ons.

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Stand­ing: Becky Gree­nough, Maddie Davis, Betsy Man­gan (cap­tain), Jenny Shrimp­ton, Fliss Har­ri­son Kneel­ing: Emily Wiles, Katie Jones (wick­et­keeper), Liv Brock, Grace Matthews, Sophie Paulus

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