WPCC Girls – U14’s: Coach: Wayne Hartley. Team Manager: Kate Osborn Stars Girls Cricket League – RDCA Round 1
It was with much excitement that the first ever GIRLS team for WPCC kicked off their season on Sunday 6 November 2016 at Proclamation Park in Ringwood. The girls had been training for about 8 weeks, first at Topline and then in the nets at WPCC. They also had an interclub practice game with lots of tips from older brothers and dads on 28 October so they were ready to take to the ground and get into a real game for Round 1.
The rules for the game are similar to U10 rules and the girls are to bowl at least 2 overs each (max 20 per side) and face 18 legal balls each when batting and not going out.
With 13 girls in our team (12 available this week) and only 9 per side for this comp, we had to first work out who was in an out. Our opposition, Lilydale, were short on numbers so 3 of our girls, Steph, Chelsea and Maddie all joined Lilydale for the game.
WPCC won the toss and our captain for the day, Jordyn, elected to bowl and the girls were almost jumping out of their skin with excitement. Lilydale sent their first two batters in and Steph was one of them and she was very confident as opening bat for the opposition. She faced her 18 balls and then Chelsea came in followed by Lilydale players and then by Maddie. All 3 girls did an excellent job for their first effort in a real cricket match, and putting in a super effort playing for the opposition. WPCC opening bowlers were Jaz and Bella who got off to a great start with Jaz taking 2/9 off her 3 overs and Bella conceding only 4 runs from her 3 overs. All the other girls bowled 2 overs each and had some excellent stats including: Jordyn 3/1 off 2 overs and Lily 1/1 off 2 overs, both with no extras. Lilydale’s final score for the 20 overs was 9/55.
Following a quick break, it was WPCC into bat. Our opening bats were Jordyn and Bella who both made a few runs with Jordyn hitting a lovely 4 on the 4 th ball she faced. Lily made a quick 9 including a 4 and a few singles and Leah was outstanding making 14 from her 15 balls faced. All the practice the girls had in the nets and with Pete’s super dooper ball machine definitely meant they were ready to display their skills. Clever running between the wickets saw the girls add to their score quickly. Total runs included Jordyn 8no, Bella 2, Lily 9no, Chelsea P 3, Jaz 9, Leah 14, Charlotte 4, Abi 1no and Chloe P 9 no. WPCC’s final score for the 20 overs was 7/101 giving WPCC a great win.
Watching the girls out in the field, encouraging each other and enjoying this new experience was fabulous. Coach Wayne, who was umpiring, had a huge smile on his face too and seeing the support of the crowd of families and friends and lots of WPCC familiar faces, was terrific.
Bring on Round 2 – 9.30am at Proclamation Park vs Ringwood.