The Girls U12 season came to its conclusion as our Wrens team represented Warfield at the Berkshire County Finals Day. Based on our league finishing position (4th), we were placed into the Silver group against Falkland, Wargrave and Henley Tigresses.
The Wrens' first match was against Wargrave. Bowling first, the Wrens bowled beautifully, only conceding a handful of extras. Evie Folwell (1-12) & Lennie Galea (1-1) both picked up wickets and Daisy Taylor took a fantastic catch, as we restricted Wargrave to 252-2. With a strong batting line up, we expected to push Wargrave close. Unfortunately, we regularly lost wickets due to some very good bowling and uncharacteristic run-outs. Our last batting pair, Evie & Gen Houten broke the shackles and begun to score fluently before the innings was up although it was not enough to change the result. The Wrens finished on 203-8.
Our second match was against Falkland Thunder, a team which we had beaten twice on the previous weekend. A similar pattern to the first game emerged with the Wrens bowling extremely well before struggling with the bat. Katie Satchell (1-21), Flo Taylor (1-14) & Elizabeth Lee (1-6) all took wickets to restrict Falkland to 251-3. Despite Alex Gulliver's glorious reverse-sweep for four and Daisy's big hitting, losing wickets again proved costly and stopped us building any momentum. In the end, we could only reach 199-6 in reply.
The final game saw us take on the eventual Silver Group winners Henley Tigresses. Bowling first again, Evie (1-8) & Flo (1-13) continued their fine form with the ball as Henley got off to a slow start. That wicket meant that Evie finished top of the wicket taking list, with 14 wickets for the season! However, some big hitting from their lower order lifted them to a very good total of 281-2. The Wrens looked to attack the total straight away as Flo narrowly missed out on her highest ever score. The middle order ticked on the score before Evie & Gen again scored fluently at the end. Unfortunately it wasn't enough as the Wrens made 223-6.
Overall, it has been a fantastic first season of girls cricket at Warfield with our Wrens team winning 10 matches in their debut season! 17 girls have represented the Wrens this year which shows that our girls section is thriving! Thank you to all the coaches and parents for all your hard work. Bring on 2017!
03/09/2016 - Warfield Saturday XI Clinch Promotion!
After a fantastic season, the Warfield Saturday XI won promotion today with a superb nine wicket victory against West Reading!
Needing a win to secure promotion, Warfield got off to a great start with skipper Dan Torry winning the toss (a very rare sighting!). With Warfield bowling first, Ashley Gander rampaged through the West Reading top order in a ferocious spell! Ashley claimed 6 wickets for just 13 runs which included a 'Worldie' of a catch of his own bowling! At the other end, Tak Pswarayi was tying the batsmen up in knots, recording figures of 2-20. Riyas Rajab & Giri Ganesh claimed a wicket a-piece as West Reading were bowled out for 76!
With the rain closing in, Warfield had to knock off the runs quickly... Fortunately, Ashley continued his carnage with the bat, racking up 45* as Warfield reached the target in 12.2 overs for the loss of only one wicket!
With Twyford & Ruscombe's match rained off, it meant that even with our huge victory we couldn't overhaul them in the title race. However, it does mean we claim second place, meaning we are promoted to Division 2 of the Berkshire League next season! Well done to all of the team for their effort over the season!
West Reading: 76-10 (27.2 overs)
Warfield: 77-1 (12.2 overs)
Result: Warfield win by 9 wickets!
Tale of the 2016 Season
Week 1 - Purley on Thames (Won by 76 runs)
Week 2 - Ruislip Victoria (Loss by 2 wickets)
Week 3 - Sulhamstead & Ufton (Abandoned)
Week 4 - Welford Park (Winning Draw)
Week 5 - Woodley (Loss by 4 wickets)
Week 6 - Twyford & Ruscombe (Winning Draw)
Week 7 - Knowl Hill (Won by 9 wickets)
Week 8 - Mortimer West End (Abandoned)
Week 9 - West Reading (Won by 10 wickets)
Week 10 - Purley on Thames (Won by 9 wickets)
Week 11 - Ruislip Victoria (Won by opposition conceding)
Week 12 - Sulhamstead & Ufton (Won by opposition conceding)
Week 13 - Welford Park (Loss by 5 wickets)
Week 14 - Woodley (Won by 6 wickets)
Week 15 - Twyford & Ruscombe (Won by 47 runs)
Week 16 - Knowl Hill (Won by 57 runs)
Week 17 - Mortimer West End (Winning Draw)
Week 18 - West Reading (Won by 9 wickets)
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