High School aim to bowl over competition in national finals
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.
Standing: Becky Greenough, Maddie Davis, Betsy Mangan (captain), Jenny Shrimpton, Fliss Harrison Kneeling: Emily Wiles, Katie Jones (wicketkeeper), Liv Brock, Grace Matthews, Sophie Paulus