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U18 Girls Cricketers National T20 Finalists

U18 Girls Cricketers National T20 Finalists

Following the success of our U15 Girls' Cricket side best in the South West and through to the National Finals, our U18s achieved the same on Tuesday, beating Bradfield College to become top in the region also!

Director of Sport Tony Diprose again takes up the story:

On a warm sunny afternoon on Mountjoy Oval Canford's Girls' 1st XI produced their best performance of the season to sweep into the semi-finals of the Schoolsports Magazine U18 National T20 Cup.

Bradfield College were the opposition, as they were in the U15 National Cup Quarter Final on Saturday, and a number of players on each side were therefore familiar to each other. The visitors won the toss and decided to set a target for Canford to aim at. The Canford bowling attack was at its best early as Emelia B, Clare J and Poppy W put the opposition on the backfoot straight away. The tightness and accuracy of the attack paid dividends and led to 2 wickets apiece for Poppy and Clare and a scoreboard of 26-4 at the end of the 6 over powerplay. The pressure continued to be applied by the spin attack of Emily VS and Penny Dirou coupled with some excellent fielding. Bradfield continued to lose regular wickets and could not push their run rate much above 4 an over. Izzy R joined in with a tidy bowling spell and Bradfield limped to a final total of 85-9 with Poppy ending up with a team leading 4 wickets.

The Canford reply started crisply with Emelia B and Izzy R both looking in good touch before Izzy departed just before the end of the power play. Poppy W came to the wicket and with Emelia to the fore they took the game away from Bradfield with a partnership including touch shots, power hitting and great running between the wickets. When Poppy departed just 4 runs were needed and Daisy T came in to strike the winning runs with 6 overs to spare.

A brilliant performance from the girls who win the Southwest section and they will now go through to Finals day at Kingston Grammar School on Thursday 6th July. There they will take on the winners from the North, the Midlands and the Southeast sections for the National title.