December 11, 2017 0 comments

Year 8/9 Girls Knockout Cricket November 22

This year for the first time ever Faith entered a team into the 8/9 Girls T20 Knockout Cricket Competition. We had 12 extremely enthusiastic Girls put their hands up to be a part of the team and most of the Girls had little to no previous cricket experience at all.  We were very fortunate to have the experienced Nikki Grosser as part of the team who has been a State Indoor representative and is currently playing cricket for the Northern jets.

Our schedule consisted of two minor round games before the state final.  In extreme circumstances both Schools in the two minor round games dropped out of the competition – allowing us to get through to State Finals without having played a game.

After an early start the team headed down to Adelaide on Wednesday 22nd November to take on 3 other schools.  The Girls were extremely excited but also very nervous in their first game against Trinity.  Nikki the captain won the toss and elected to bowl first. Trinity got off to a fast start scoring quick runs early with a very fast outfield.  While the Girls had spent numerous lunchtimes practicing their bowling, nerves got the better off them in their first match and quite a few wides and no balls were delivered. Trinity went on to score a very challenging target of 174.  The Girls did well in the run chase and batted well, however we couldn’t reach Trinity. Faith scored 68 from 20 overs.

This then set us up to play Modbury in game 2 in a play-off for 3rd and 4th in the state.  The Girls were sent in to field first and were very keen to tidy up their bowling. Modbury’s two openers got off to a good start scoring 45 runs. From this point on wickets fell regularly thanks to some great bowling by Abby Griffiths and Monique Evans, with Abby going on to score a Hat-trick! Modbury set us a target of 86 runs which the girls thought they could chase down.  A top score of 60 runs (including one 6) by captain Nikki Grosser put us in a good position.   Abby Griffiths made 5 and Mieke Wilkinson came in to make 3 not out allowing us the pass the target of 86 runs after 12 overs.

Overall this was a fantastic experience for our girls and they are very keen to return again next year!! Special mention must go to Mr Clarke who organised many lunchtime training sessions for the girls and got them all prepared for the competition.  Thanks to the parents that came down to watch and most importantly a very big thank-you to the 12 girls who were apart of the team.

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