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Derbyshire U13 Girls v Lancashire on Thursday 7th May at Astley Bridge CC

Result: Lancashire 123/6 in 35 overs beat Derbyshire 64 all out in 19.4 overs by 59 runs

Match Report:

Following a couple of days of heavy rain the prospects of an uninterrupted game were not high and players arrived to a gloomy looking sky. The groundsman was hard at work preparing a track. A sharp 5 minute shower interrupted the warm up and players ran a hasty retreat to the pavilion. Captain Lucy Yates started the campaign by winning the first toss and opted to bowl on a very green, wet and uncertain 'track'.

Imogen Cooper and Mariam Imam taking the first new ball of the season bowled with good pace and lines and it was Imogen who made the early breakthrough with the score on 5. The 9th over saw the first bowling change with Lucy Yates replacing Imogen and taking a wicket in her first over, 16 for 2. Charlotte Thompson (4-0-25-1) then captured the next wicket courtesy of a catch behind by Rebecca Church 19 for 3 off 12 overs. Next change Suzie Ljubojevic (5-0-20-1) bowled well being rewarded with the next wicket at 36 for 4. A solid 5th wicket partnership of 52 between Fitton and Critchley added some respectability to the score and both Keeley Brodrick (3-0-27-0) and Deborah Banks (2-1-1-0) were unable to make the breakthrough. The returning Mariam Imam (7-2-24-1) was rewarded for her efforts by taking a return catch from Fitton for a determined 41. Lancs then added some much needed aggression to their innings with a belligerent 28 not out from Mullan and the runs were only stemmed when Imogen Cooper and Lucy Yates bowled out the remaining 6 overs. Imogen's fine figures (7-4-9-2) were enhanced when grabbing her second wicket by claiming a leg before to remove Critchley (20). Lucy returning a lively spell with (7-2-12-1) only damaged by a 6 in her final over. Lancs had recovered to post a respectable score of 123 for 6 from their 35 overs on a very lively and 'bowler friendly' wicket.

Annelise Rountree (3) and Hannah Slack (1) took to the crease looking for a solid start but despite some good early running Hannah was first to fall being bowled. Abbie Ryan-Edwards (6) looked positive but fell to an identical fate at14 for 2. Annelise soon followed and at 14 for 3 hopes of a positive start had all but faded. Lucy Yates (8) started brightly with 2 boundaries and along with Mariam Imam (7) took the score to 28 before Lucy misjudged a high ball dancing down the track and being stumped. Imogen Cooper (6) and Mariam progressed to 40 before Imogen was caught facing a rising ball. Alice Harwood (4) and Deborah Banks (0) falling in quick succession and with Mariam being caught we were 8 down with the score still only on 48. Rebecca Church became the high scorer of the innings with some solid shots in her 12 but her dismissal signalled the imminent defeat despite some defiance from Suzie Ljubojevic (0) and Charlotte Thompson (0 not out) that 'Yes-No' moment ended in Suzie being run out. Derbyshire all out for 64.

Some excellent bowling was not enough to start the season with a victory and whilst there were positives to take from the game the lessons to be learned are probably more important. The rain affected pitch proved tricky to bat on when the weather turned out to be warm and sunny and the wicket turned into a drying and rising surface, one our batsmen struggled to come to terms with. With regards to our performance, the resilience needed to bat through 35 overs is much needed and whilst the bowling shows good depth and variety more intensity from the fielding will help to restrict our opponents. With new faces in the team, some stepping into County cricket for the first time, the concentration required should now be evident. Next up is Shropshire where the girls will be focussed on a solid all round performance and looking for victory.

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