NWWC U16 Flames Saturday 18th March

Second to last game for the season and true to form (for the last eight games anyway) NWWCC Flames’ Captain for the Day, Mookee Lee, lost the toss.  However, Selwyn asked us to bat, which was what the girls wanted to do anyway; the ground was still very damp from overnight rain.  We started slowly, moving to 32/4 in the 10th over, before Xenia Prinz and Liesl Whitaker put together a very nicely constructed 33 run partnership, which steadied the ship.  Xenia ended up with 28 runs from 61 balls, with a lot of running required due to the ball stopping in the wet grass.  This stand-out innings earned her one of the two Player of the Day awards given out on Saturday.

As Selwyn had 10 players available, Millie Camm-Rule and Summer Buchanan (as the two batters who faced the least balls) batted again, putting on 29 for the 9th wicket.  Summer ended up with 20 Not Out the second time around, with two lovely fours.  The Flames ended up with 115/8 at the completion of 30 overs.

Wickets fell early & regularly for Selwyn in their turn at bat, with Xenia and Liesl both getting early breakthroughs thanks to some excellent catching from India Buchanan and Summer, respectively.  Summer then clean-bowled the next Selwyn wicket, before taking a screamer of a catch off Millie Camm-Rule’s bowling to have the opposition at 18/4 in the 6th over.  That became 18/5 when wicketkeeper, Grace Darnbrough, effected a run-out, before Mille quickly picked up another wicket to have Selwyn at 22/6 after seven overs.  Imogen and Ella then put together a well-paced partnership of 45, before Xenia bowled Imogen for 16.  India picked up two wickets (both bowled) in one over to clean up the tail and Selwyn were all out for 73.

There were three outstanding bowling performances for the Flames:  Mookee Lee was unlucky to not get a wicket from her two overs, which went for just two runs; Xenia picked up two wickets from her three overs, for just five runs; and India got 2/4 from 2.4 overs.  However, the second Player of the Day award was given to Summer, for her outstanding contribution to the game: two catches, one wicket and 23 runs altogether.

With only one more game left in the season, the Flames are in a solid 3rd place in their section and looking forward to the end of season BBQ!

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