GLOUCESTERSHIRE Girls U15s have ended their ECB County One-Day campaign with a perfect 100 per cent record from eight outings!
The squad had to dig deep to complete a one-wicket victory over Hampshire before then easing in by 85 runs against Sussex, both at Chipping Sodbury, to wrap up their season in style.
Coach and manager John Harris said: “It’s been a big team effort all summer with everyone working so well together.
“We finished top of our south-west group last year and moved into the south group this season which involved more travelling, but the girls really responded to the challenge. It’s been brilliant to see them develop, not only as cricketers but also as people.
“It’s just a shame that this is the end of our season. The ECB do not arrange anything else after the group stage at this age level, and that’s a pity because it would have been a good test to face the other group winners from across the country.”
Gloucestershire’s record came under severe threat last week against Hampshire.
The visitors were bowled out for 129, Emily Austen (3-24) and Abigail Bryan (3-35) leading the way. And Gloucestershire then appeared to be in full control at 81-1, Prarthana Reddy top scoring on 42, only to fold to 122-9 before the last wicket pair of Alys Davis and Olivia Mackenzie got their side over the line with ten priceless runs.
Prarthana (65) and captain Jen Rivers (57) then took charge as their side reached 216-6 off their 40 against Sussex ahead of Emily (4-19), Abigail (2-21) and Bella Herring (2-24) heading another fine team effort with the ball to ensure a memorable end to the campaign.