Lovewell Blake - Norfolk Girls U17 Results/Match Reports 2017

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Suffolk Girls U17 vs Norfolk Girls U17 - Tuesday 18th July - Mellis CC


Lovewell Blake Norfolk U17 Girls - 192/8 from 45 Overs
Suffolk U17 Girls - 136 All Out from 43 Overs

Lovewell Blake Norfolk U17 Girls travelled to a very pretty Mellis CC in Suffolk to open their 45 over season.

Norfolk lost the lost and were put into bat and soon lost one of their openers. Enter Robin Edge at number 3 who very nearly managed to bat through to the end, only falling at the very end chasing quick runs. The Norfolk innings was all about Robin and everyone else supporting her as she went on to blast a powerful 108 off 133 balls whilst no-one else scored more than 11. Norfolk lost fairly regular wickets throughout the innings but with Robin at the crease the score kept climbing. She was well supported by Anoushka Williamson (23 balls), Jade Hoyte (10 off 34), Emma Rogers (11 of 32) and Lucy Morton (9 off 26) with Norfolk finishing on an insurmountable 192 for 8.

Suffolk were soon in trouble losing one of their openers early with Jade Hoyte (9 overs, 1 – 23) tying them down and Beth Harmer bowling with good pace taking out their top order with excellent figures of 9 overs, 6 maidens 3 – 8. Suffolk rallied a little in the middle overs but this was ended by Jade Hoyte and Anoushka Williamson (9 overs 2 – 15). With Suffolk slipping further and further behind the rate Lucy Witheridge (5 overs 2 – 21) picked up two wickets with some accurate bowling before Kristina Black finished proceedings with the final two wickets in her first over, leaving Suffolk 136 all out in the 43rd over and Norfolk with a handsome win.

Well done to Beth Harmer for an excellent bowling display and Robin for her exceptional 100.

Norfolk Girls U17 vs Cambridgeshire Girls U17 - Wednesday 19th July - Old Buckenham CC


Cambridgeshire U17 Girls - 135/8 from 45 Overs
Lovewell Blake Norfolk U17 Girls
- 92 All Out from 23 Overs

Following on from a fine win against Suffolk the previous day, Lovewell Blake Norfolk Under 17 girls faced Cambridgeshire at Old Buckenham CC.

Norfolk won the toss and put Cambs in to bat. Cambs opener Isabella Routledge scored a fine resolute 67 off 124 balls which was the backbone of their innings. Norfolk bowled reasonably well with Lucy Morton the pick of them with 7 overs 3 – 43, well backed up by another good spell from Beth Harmer (9 overs 0 – 16) and Rebecca Cole (7 overs 0 – 11). Cambs stuck to their task without really getting away from Norfolk finally posting 135 – 8 off their full 45 overs which felt like a good low target for Norfolk to chase.

Norfolk started quickly with Hannah Free (14 off 17) scoring freely and Jade Hoyte solid at the other end. Most of the Norfolk batters were in long enough to get their eye in but no-one managed to either go on to get a good score nor stay in long enough. Lucy Witheridge was the pick of the batters with 18 off 16 followed by Abi Sutherland (12 off 10). Norfolk subsided to 92 all out with 7 bowled, 2 caught behind and a caught and bowled. This was particularly disappointing as they were all out in just 23 overs, leaving 22 overs unused and only 44 runs required from them. Hopefully Norfolk will use this as a good learning curve for their remaining six 45 over matches over the next few weeks.

Huntingdonshire Girls U17 vs Norfolk Girls U17 - Wednesday 2nd August - Orton Park CC


Huntingdonshire U17 Girls - 143/6 from 45 Overs
Lovewell Blake Norfolk U17 Girls - 144/2 from 20 Overs

Lovewell Blake Norfolk Under 17 Girls travelled to Orton Park CC to take on Huntingdonshire in their third 45 over match.

Norfolk won the toss and elected to bowl first. The Hunts innings felt like a stalemate between bat and ball with Norfolk unable to break open the batting line-up but Hunts unable to get away from the bowlers. Georgina Dunkinson was the pick of the bowlers (7 overs 2 – 11), well backed up by another fine bowling display, without luck, from Beth Harmer (9 overs 0 – 15). Hunts managed just 95 runs off the bat but disappointingly there were 39 wides and 4 no balls meaning that Hunts finished on a decent 143 – 6 from their 45 overs.

The Norfolk openers were dismissed cheaply leaving Norfolk on 9 – 2 after 4 overs. However this just brought Robin Edge and Beth Harmer to the crease together who proceeded to take the Hunts bowling attack apart. This was a stunning display of brutal batting that was simply too much for Hunts. Robin Edge scored 63 not out off 46 balls and Beth Harmer with an even more brutal 60 not out off 33 balls finished the game in just 20 overs amassing an unbroken partnership of 135 in just 16 overs. Well done to both girls. Norfolk ended up winning by 8 wickets with 25 overs to spare!

As a note of interest, Hunts do not have a senior Women’s team so 5 of their team represented Cambs Women on the previous Sunday. Therefore these 5 girls played against Robin and Beth on the Friday in the U17 T20, Sunday for Cambs Women on the Sunday T20 and again on the following Weds in the U17 45 over game. Robin and Beth were on the winning side in all three games, both were not out at the culmination of two of the three matches with Robin making 154 (out once) and Beth making 137 (out once). I guess that they are both looking forward to the home 45 over fixture against Hunts!

Northamptonshire Girls U17 vs Norfolk Girls U17 - Friday 18th August 2017 - West Haddon CC


Northamptonshire U17 Girls:
153/8 from 45 Overs
Lovewell Blake Norfolk U17 Girls: 157/7 from 44.4 Overs

After a long drive, the Lovewell Blake Norfolk Girls Under 17s arrived in good spirits following their last two games, having made a massive 256 against Suffolk and an excellent second half against Cambridgeshire.

Norfolk won the toss and asked Northants to bat. Norfolk bowled well up front without much luck with the Northants batsman refusing to give their wickets away but unable to really break free. Norfolk stayed patient and backed the bowlers well in the field. With the score starting to look ominous, Holly Marchant made the breakthrough with a run out leaving Northants at 79 – 1 off 23 overs. Norfolk continued to press well in the field and took regular wickets from this point on. Northants struggled to get away ending their innings on a decent 153 – 8 with their opener carrying her bat for 67 and Lucy Witheridge (7 overs 3 – 28) being the pick of the bowlers.

The Norfolk openers (Hannah Free & Georgina Dunkinson) defended stoutly early on seeing off much of the more dangerous bowling. The middle order then increased the scoring rate and things were looking good at 76 – 2 off 25 overs. The game became tense over the next 10 overs with Norfolk creeping up to the target of 154 to win but also losing wickets getting to 129 – 7 with 25 still needed from 9 overs. With Jade Hoyte now in full flow and taking complete control of the Norfolk innings, the Norfolk batters recognised the need to fully support her in her quest for the victory target. If we thought it was tense earlier, the tension would only ramp up to almost unbearable levels with only Jade Hoyte not seeming to feel the pressure. Becky Greenslade gave superb support refusing to get out and haring between the wickets to chip away at the target. With the runs required declining along with the overs remaining, 24 off 8, 22 off 7, 20 off 6, 18 off 5, 13 off 4, 9 off 3, 8 off 2. A welcome 4 meant 2 to win off the last over. Dot, dot following by a scrambled single to the keeper. Jade Hoyte (35*) whacked a four with 2 balls left to win the game to a collective sigh of relief from all the Norfolk supporters. Well done Jade and Becky.

What a great finish to a thoroughly enjoyable topsy turvy 45 over season, currently leaving Norfolk top of the U17 girls league albeit with other counties still having some games to play. Well done to everyone that has represented the county this summer, thanks to Laura for scoring and congratulations to Robyn Edge for her fine captaincy.

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