U13s Enjoy New Formats
With so many of our U13 girls moving up and age group we were delighted to see the next crop of girls entering our county pathway. With no ECB league structure this season the girls played several friendlies with different formats presenting new challenges and opportunities to develop. Despite having a relatively inexperienced squad the girls really have come on over the course summer with lots learned, plenty of smiles and success along the way. The girls also enjoyed a tour to Malvern where they played games against Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire.
Credit must go to captain Ciara Boaden and wicket keeper Ella Lillico who have used their experience to supported their team mates as well as scoring over 300 runs each.
There also good contributions throughout the squad including Maisie Sinclair, Olivia Miller, Laura Hamilton and Lottie Glover-Stewart all passed 100 runs for the season.
In the bowling department Lottie bowled some aggressive spells and deserved more than her 13 wickets. She was well supported by her fellow seamers Laura Hamilton and Emma Walsingham. However, young Maisie Sinclair had the opposition in a spin finishing top of the wicket taking tree with 20 wickets.
A really positive year for this age group and we look forward to seeing players remaining in the age group kick on next season and introduce more youngsters to the county set up.
U15 narrowly miss out on top spots!
The U15 girls have had an outstanding season playing at the highest level for the first time in our history. The girls finished level on points with group winners Yorkshire in the Royal London 40 over league, but sadly missed out on top spot on run rate. The girls were delighted picking up 6 wins from the 8 games defeating Cheshire and Durham twice, and beating Yorkshire and Lancashire once. They will look back on what could have been in the narrow loss to Lancashire but everyone in the county are proud of how far we have come in recent years.
In the T20 division the weather on the last round of games prevented Northumberland from finishing top of their group. The girls won all five games they played including a century from Lizzie Scott who scored 109 not out off 69 balls.
It's been superb effort from all the girls involved in the squad to be challenging at the top at this level, we will be pushing to go one further in 2019!