Youth Cricket: Cam win competition in style

Gazette Series: Cam U14 girls Cam U14 girls

CAM U14 girls have won a Gloucestershire indoor eight-aside cricket competition.

Having played four other teams – Cheltenham, Newent, Frenchay and Bristol YMCA – since February at The Castle School in Thornbury, Cam showed their level of cricket to be far superior than their opponents in all areas of the game, winning all their matches.

The final took place against Cheltenham, their nearest rivals.

Although there has been a squad of 13 players over the competition, ten played in the final, with four sharing half a game each.

The match started with Cam fielding. From the beginning, Cam were quick to take wickets, with Kiara Ford and Chloe Dolbear, taking two each with consecutive balls. Caitlin Beard took a well watched catch from Olivia Hughes' accurate bowling and this was shortly followed by her taking a direct hit run out.

Captain Jazz Gillingham made some fantastic stops as wicketkeeper, making sure few runs were scored passed her as well as making a stumping.

Isabel Carey also made a very impressive direct hit on the stumps to ensure yet another wicket was taken.

Lauren Jones displayed consistently accurate bowling also, taking three wickets.

All in all, Cam took a phenomenal 21 wickets in the 12 overs, which resulted in Cheltenham finishing their innings with just 73 runs.

Cam went in to bat with confidence, which continued to grow with each pair.

Openers Dolbear and Ford made 35 runs with no wickets lost.

Olivia and Lauren Ealey followed with 27 runs for two wickets, while Caitlin and Abbey Perkins pushed on the run rate with ease, scoring 42 runs, Abbey hitting the first six of the afternoon.

Final pair Maya Hart and Gillingham amazed the spectators, hitting a whooping 57 runs in their three overs, again with no wickets lost.

Therefore, Cam ended the final with a batting score of 161 runs.

With the fall of each wicket scoring five runs to the opposing team, Cheltenham finished with 98 runs and Cam with a fantastic 266 runs.

Cam can now look forward to an exciting and successful outdoor season.

Any girls between seven and 17-years-old wanting to play cricket can join them, starting on Friday, April 25 (5.45pm–7pm) at Cam Cricket Club.

Women practice follows from 7.15pm– 8.30pm. No experience needed.

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