On Sunday 16th July, our newly formed girls section entered two teams at U13 and U11 level, into the Cheshire County Girls Softball Competition, competing for the Lady Taverners Trophy at Marple CC.
The Under 11 girls, Poppy Vernon and Claudia Snell, playing in their first ever competitive cricket matches, joined with girls from Sale Cricket Club to form team ‘Storm’. Team Storm were put into a group where they played Marple, Greenfield and Didsbury. The girls won convincingly against Greenfield and Marple, and only lost out to Didsbury by 1 run, which meant that team Storm won the group on run rate and would go on to play a strong Lindow team in the final. A display of quick running between the wickets and disciplined bowling from Poppy and Claudia meant that the game would go down to the last ball, resulting in Lindow winning the game by just 3 runs. The girls played extremely well and to only be beaten by a very good Lindow team in the final, and finish runners-up, is a huge stepping stone for Claudia and Poppy.
The Under 13 girls competition was set up in a league format where the Bramhall girls would play against Marple A, Marple B, Greenfield and Ashley. It took the girls a bit of time to get into their stride, losing their first game to Greenfield. From there, the girls never seemed to look back and played with much less nerves as the cricket showed. A combination of some outrageous six-hitting from Grace Hardy and Edie Broster, as well as consistent bowling from leg spinner Megan Landing and fast bowler Hattie Snell, made it difficult for the opposition teams. 10 year old Bethany Tittensor also impressed by only getting out once in four games, and scoring plenty of runs against girls who were three years older than her. The girls won their final 3 games, of which one was by over 100 runs, and this was the deciding factor as they ended up pipping Marple to the trophy on run rate. This made our Under 13 girls team, Cheshire Softball Champions, having only formed a few months ago.
The girls have made a huge impression this summer, and the success from both age groups can only be a promising sign for the future of girls cricket at Bramhall CC.
Adam Siddall and David Tittensor