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YOUTH: U-17 Girls runners up in One Day Cup

01-Sep-2017

The Sussex U17 girls finished their season as runners up in the National Royal London One Day Cup after just missing out to Yorkshire in the final at Bishop’s Stortford on Thursday. 

The girls first had to face Staffordshire in a reduce 25 overs semi-final after the previous day was washed out. Having won the toss Sussex elected to field first on what was still a damp pitch from the rain the day before. Sussex bowled tightly with opening bowlers Ellie Robinson and Lottie Palmer Brown trying to reduce Staffordshire’s scoring options.

It wasn’t until the 9th over, when Staffordshire were on 47 that Zanzibar Menzies made the breakthrough and it was then the work of the spinners, Charlotte Hepburn and Polly McCarthy to come into the attack and take regular wickets and leave Staffordshire on 108 for 9 off their 25 overs. With Hepburn taking 3-15 and McCarthy 3-18.

Sussex openers Ella McCaughan and Ella Wadey started off steadily but once they got their eye in started to work the ball round and piece the field, scoring a good 16 runs in the 6th over. They put on a partnership of 60 before Wadey was stumped on 29 and with 11 overs needing just 48 to win with 9 wickets in hand, Sussex were well positioned. Polly McCarthy joined McCaughan at the crease and both continued to score quickly and freely, where they put on a partnership of 33 before McCaughan was bowled on 35 off 50 balls, followed in quick succession McCarthy for 17.

Sussex then lost wickets quickly going from 93 for 1 to 96 for 5 and with four overs left and 12 overs left it became a bit tense, but with Hepburn and Jessica Young at the crease they saw the side home with an over to spare and Sussex reached the finals.

It was a very quick turn around with Sussex facing Yorkshire in the final, which again was a 25 over match. Yorkshire won the toss and elected the bat first. Sussex opening bowlers Robinson and Palmer Brown started well, keeping it tight, limiting Yorkshire’s runs. Palmer Brown took the first wicket of opener Bunn for 6. Sussex kept it tight throughout with Cassidy McCarthy coming onto bowl and starting with a wicket maiden. McCarthy bowled a great spell and took a further two wickets including the key one of Poulter who scored a quick 50 for Yorkshire against Wales in the semi-final. 

The Sussex fielders took their chances and held their catches, with captain and wicket keeper Ariana Dowse taking a catch and a stumping. It was the spinners of Hepburn and Polly McCarthy who claimed further wickets, taking two wickets each. In the last over it was opener Robinson to take the final wicket with an LBW to bowl Yorkshire out for 106. Cassidy McCarthy finished with 3-16, Polly McCarthy 2-19 and Charlotte Hepburn 2-20.
It was McCaughan and Wadey again to open for Sussex, with both getting their eye in before starting to open-up and work the ball into gaps. Sussex were on 18 before Wadey was bowled for 6, which brought Polly McCarthy to the crease, who hit a four off her second ball and wasn’t afraid to go aerial in her innings. 

Sussex looked on course to reach 107, keeping up with the run rate, but on 44-1 off 11 overs, Sussex lost McCaughan on 18, followed by McCarthy on 15 as well as Dowse and Bourne and Sussex were now 44-4 off 14 overs.
The pace slowed and with Yorkshire bowling a good line and length as well as fielding well, Sussex struggled to get the ball into gaps. Wickets continued to tumble with Landy, Young, Robinson and Menzies all going quickly, Sussex were 66 for 9 off 21 overs and it was going to be a big ask for Hepburn and Cassidy McCarthy. Yorkshire bowled Sussex out the following over as Sussex fell 36 runs short and finished National Royal London One Day Cup Runners Up.

Sussex U17 Head Coach, Alexia Walker said: “It all started well in the winter where the girls put in the hard yards and developed at the Sir Rod Aldridge Cricket Centre.

“I could not have asked for a more hard working, determined and dedicated bunch of players. They have been a great team to work with, they have wanted to improve as players throughout the year and it has shown in the matches they have played.

“There is not a more deserving side to finish as one of the top two teams in the country, I am so proud of the girls and what they have achieved this season.”

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