It was a wonderful, sunny afternoon and the senior girls were in high spirits, eager to play the fastest growing female sport, cricket. The inaugural event was in remembrance, and honour of the first girl to play cricket for a boys’ team at Pinewood, Abigail Kelly, who tragically died earlier this year.
Each house had a team of six girls, which included all of the Year 8 girls and a number of Year 7 girls too. There was a complete mixture of abilities, ranging from girls who have played in the 1st boys’ team and regularly outside of school, to girls who have never picked up a cricket bat before. Despite this wide range, every single girl gave their very best and kindly offered advice where they could. Each team played three matches, one against each other house, in a “Smash ‘n’ Grab” 6 over game. It was terribly exciting, as a number of the matches were very close and came down to the final over.
There was an extraordinary display of skill, consistently super fielding, some lovely bowling, in which a number of crucial wickets were taken, and also some brave batting (especially from those facing the faster bowlers!).
Although there appeared to be a clear favourite, Postbridge, they were not given the victory easily. Each opposition gave them a true run for their money in some terrifically tight matches. In the end it all came down to the final match, in which Melchet put up a very impressive score of 63 for Postbridge to chase. The crowd watched with excitement as the match ran into the final over and Postbridge just made 64 to take the tournament victory.
Well done girls on a delightful afternoon of sportsmanship, joy and impressive cricket. I hope you will all keep playing and progressing with a smile on your faces! Abba would have been proud!