WOMENS: Sussex crowned Under-17's County Champions03-Sep-2014
Sussex were crowned Girls' Under-17s County Champions for the second year in a row, following a 46-run win over Lancashire in last Saturday's final at Moseley Cricket Club, to continue their reign as the best performing team in the country.
To secure their place in the final, they first had to overcome Devon in the semis. They were bowled out for 150 as Georgia Tibble (29) and Abbey Freeborn (21) were the top-scorers. Their opponents looked set to overhaul the target as they reached 127 for 5 but an incredible blast from Izzy Collis, who took five of the six remaining wickets for Sussex, saw them win by 21 runs to secure their ticket to the final, as she finished with figures of 5 for 23.
Sussex then faced Lancashire in the final on the second day's play. A 102-run third-wicket stand between Ellen Burt and Tibble set the game up for Sussex as they posted 195 for 8 batting first. Collis also showed her prowess with the bat, making 23 opening the batting, whilst Burt top-scored with 65 and Tibble added 59. Lancashire’s Laura Jackson took 4 for 28.
A rain delay midway through the Lancashire innings reduced the target to 161 from 37 overs. However, they fell short after being bowled out for 115.
Eleanor Monk finished with match-winning figures of 3 for 17 as they were reduced to 87 for 7 with ten overs remaining, which had already set the tone for victory.
Flora Bertwistle picked up her second wicket whilst leg-spinner Anna Harris took her first. It was then left to skipper Collis to take the final wicket for victory with a stumping by Freeborn, which saw Sussex win by 80 runs and crowned County Champions for the second year in a row, maintaining their unbeaten run since 2012.
Director of Sussex Women’s Cricket, Charlotte Burton said, “It has been another great year for the Sussex Under-17s as they continue to go from strength to strength and show why they are still the best team in the country.
"To be crowned champions for a second year in a row is a fantastic achievement by any side, but to remain unbeaten since 2012 shows what a talented side we have. It has been an all-round team effort and everyone in the squad has put in performances throughout the season, and I am extremely proud of the girls as they deserve being champions for another year with all the hard work and commitment they have put in.
"The future continues to look good with the players coming through the system and I know the girls who remain at Under-17s next year will look towards make it three out of three championships.”
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