Hold on to your hats and hearts as Bolton Percy Cricket Club U15 girls notch up a fantastic victory at North Yorkshire Girls League Senior tournament.
Playing eight-a-side, eight over innings (pairs cricket), the girls smashed their way to numerous splendid wins, finishing unbeaten on the day and being crowned 2014 champions.
Including two last ball thrillers against much older teams from Richmond and North Stainley (2012 and 2013 champions respectively), coach and supporters nerves just managed to hold out as the girls calmly closed out each game, showing great skill with both bat and ball.
Despite including more Yorkshire representative players than the other teams, being predominantly U13, it was a fantastic achievement and performance by the Percy’s to win an U17’s tournament.
In addition to captain Hannah Greenwood receiving the tournament trophy, special mention goes to Eve Perrin who also picked up a Player of the Tournament award (chocolate) for her breath taking six hitting to finish each innings.
With over 130 girls at Harrogate on the day, Bolton Percy had four junior sides competing with their U11 team also finishing a creditable 2nd place in the tournaments Intermediate Hard Ball competition.
This is the end of a fantastic year for the girls, having also finished second in the North Yorkshire Girls League (by virtue of completing less games than the champions) and making it through to the final of the York and District Boys League U13 Cup final, where they narrowly lost by 12 runs to a strong Dunnington team.
Women and girls cricket in the York area is rapidly going from strength to strength. I would encourage all girls to give it a try, being one of those rare sports where girls can complete and beat the boys! If anyone who is interested in attending beginners or taster sessions please contact James at firstname.lastname@example.org
It goes without saying that Bolton Percy Cricket Club are extremely proud of all the girls and we wish them every success for the 2015 season.
The 2014 season ended on a fine Septembers evening with victory for both BP teams.
The First Eleven squeezed home at lowly Selby. After electing to bat Selby posted a modest 154 all out. BP were indebted to opener Jacob Green who stood steadfast as wickets tumbled eventually falling for 76. Only Captain Tom Malloch, with 26, contributed anything of significance but BP edged home with seven down off 47 overs to record 30 points and confirm 7th place in the table. With 6 outright wins and several draw points this was a creditable return over a somewhat truncated weather affected season. Looking at the form guide over the last 5 weeks BP firsts were third with their points haul so a good strong finish to the season. Building for next year starts now though.
The seconds had a most enjoyable afternoon against higher placed Carlton towers and a great deal of joy is had in reporting the contribution made by our younger team members. In fact they took all 10 Towers wickets between them and all four made the ball swing and cut and well deserved their rewards. Stand up James Wilson with a spectacular exhibition of swing and seam bowling, 6 over 4 maidens 3 wickets for 4 runs. Exceptional.
Charlie Gregory continued the good work with 1 for 16 off his 6 overs, Keiron Gargan with 6 overs and 1 for 20 and star of the day James Tucker who wiped out Towers with 6 overs, 5 wickets for 26 leaving Towers in tatters and his father £50 worse off after a rather rash promise made in the morning to reward a five wicket haul!! Backed up by some energetic fielding and solid catching Towers were tipped out for 104 off 35 overs.
Chris Megone and Giles Anderson opened with a solid partnership of 33, Giles 22 before the old timers got a look in and John Rossington with 30 and Peter Atkinson with 31 seeing the team home to a very comfortable 8 wicket victory and 30 points.
This, apart from being a good win, indicated a great deal of promise for the future. A good blend of youth and experience with the younger members all making significant and telling contributions. If the club can keep these six or seven youngsters interested in the game, with support from the older members the second eleven future looks bright.
30 points ensured BP finished in 7th position with a very respectable haul of 333 points. The form guide showed BP fourth in points gained over the last five matches so again a decent solid finish to the season. With 5 games abandoned and two games where we could not field a side, it seems we have only played two thirds of a season, nevertheless 7 outright victories in the 15 games we did complete is a good record and the club looks forward with confidence to next year.
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