U13 GIRLS REACH NATIONAL FINAL

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What a Happy Bunch!

The future of girls’ cricket in Wales continues to demonstrate its promise for the future as Hannaa Zaman’s U13 side were rewarded for their consistency throughout the season by securing a place in the national final.

The youngsters began their campaign successfully with a convincing victory over Devon in early June, with captain Ellie Chahal leading from the front with 32 and Sejal Sisodiya taking a brilliant 4-9. Frustration followed, however, as their season was halted with three games being abandoned due to rain. However, the break clearly didn’t affect the girls’ confidence, as they comprehensively defeated Gloucestershire, with Sophie Thomas smashing a fantastic maiden century, demonstrating her magnificent talent and maturity at such a young age. Gwenno Manley also took 3-17 in Gloucestershire’s innings, again reflecting the depth in talent that lies within Wales’ squad.            

Wales suffered only one league defeat, which came against a strong Hampshire side as our girls slumped to a disappointing 50 all out. Needing to rebuild and fight back from the loss, Nicole Voke hit a fantastic 47 alongside Hannah Garnett’s 3-10 against Somerset, not only proving the side’s talent but also their strength and resilience to compete.            

Sophie Thomas continued to impress throughout the remaining games, adding scores of 83* and 65* to her century and figures of 5-32 and 3-14. Young Sophia Smale also showed her skill by taking 4-15 as the girls sought revenge by defeating Hampshire in the away fixture. In the second game against Somerset, Savanna Dickens scored 69 and Hannah Garnett impressed once more with outstanding figures of 5-7 to dismiss the opposition for a miserly 48 all out!            

After securing their place in the final by defeating Devon at Newport CC, coach Hannaa Zaman said: “I am so proud of all the girls and everything they have achieved this season, it has been a long time coming to get to the ECB Finals. The girls have worked fantastically as a team and we consider ourselves a ‘cricket family’, bringing us together as a tight-knit unit. The girls have played superbly all season and have been enjoying their cricket. The team is ready for the finals and hoping to bring back the cup.”            

It is fantastic to see the girls’ game developing and we hope to add many more successes to this over the next few years!    

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