by Charlotte Burton
What a week!!! To say I am happy is nowhere close,
I would say I am ecstatic, I have been walking round with a big smile on
my face for the last few days.
Where do I start, we have won our first trophy of
the season, we have two sides in the quarter finals of the County
Championship, another side at the top of the table and a team that has
blown one team away in two weeks!
Last week we had a total of 7 matches with 5 wins
and 2 loses.
The 11s had their final matches last week of the
season and after playing a number of friendly’s it was down to a
competitive competition to finish of the season. The girls had 3 days at
the Arundel Festival, where they played Essex, Middlesex and Surrey.
With quite a few players on holiday Matt Bourne invited two players from
Worthing Chippingdales who he felt would be able to play for Sussex, one
on the Wednesday and the other player the Wednesday and Friday, and
these girls did not fail, they both did extremely well and fitted in so
well with the side, I hope Matt is sending them to trials this year!
They first played Surrey on the Wednesday and won
by 7 wickets. Sussex restricted Surrey to 96 for 4 and Sussex reached
the total with 3 wickets down with 3 overs remaining. But it was
captain, Ella Bourne, that stole the show on this day taking a hat-trick
on her last over, finishing with figures of 3 for 11 off 4 overs and
then Ella went on to score her maiden County 50 for Sussex in 41 balls
and was not out, a great day for young Ella.
The second day they came up against a tough Essex
side and lost their only match by 5 wickets, but Georgina Humphreys
scored a good 38 off 42 balls and Ellie Robinson took 3 for 15 off her 4
On the final day they played Middlesex and Sussex
knew that not only they had to get a win but also a good run rate to be
in with a chance of winning the festival as Essex and Surrey also had
won one match. It was a good competitive match against Middlesex, with
on of their batsman scoring a 50, but with some tight bowling Sussex
kept Middlesex down to 107 for 8, with Ella Bourne, Ellie Robinson and
Pheobe O’Borne taking two wickets each.
Sussex were determined to get the runs and get them
quickly, but losing 3 early wickets, Sussex needed someone to stay
around and score quickly, and after her 38 the day before, Georgina
Humphreys was continuing her form with the bat and lead Sussex to
victory and finished on 48 not out off 40 balls.
Surrey had also won their match against Essex, so
it was down to which team had the best run rate and after much waiting
around, Sussex were crowned Arundel Festival champions after having a
run rate of 5.9 while Surrey’s was 5.6. This is the first time Sussex
has won the Arundel Festival and the first trophy for Sussex; let’s hope
there are more to follow from the other age groups this season.
I am so pleased for the under 11s they have had an
outstanding season and to see them on the final day so happy was really
good to see.
The 13s had their final County Championship league
match which was a re-arranged game away to Kent. At the start of last
week we all thought that they had to win to get through to the quarter
finals otherwise it would be Kent, but what we didn’t know is that Kent
also played a re-arranged match against Surrey last week which Surrey
won and ultimately affected the table in the end.
Sussex were put into field and bowled brilliantly
and getting Kent out for 93 off 24 overs, with Tara Norris taking 3 for
19, Molly Beadle 2 for 9 and Eleanor Monk 2 for 15. Sussex started well
with the bat with Tara Norris scoring 17, Eleanor Monk 10 and Ellen Burt
26, but we had a massive collapse and were bowled out for 92, so we lost
by 1 run!! However we did just about enough to be top of the table, Kent
finished on an average of 14.5 and we finished on 14.75 (too close for
me!). But the 13s are through to the quarter finals this weekend which
After weeks of cancelled matches the sun was
finally shinning on the under 17s. They had 2 matches this week and we
also welcomed back Georgia Adams who had unfortunately been out for over
a year with a foot injury and she looked like she hadn’t missed a game.
The first match was away to Gloucestershire and if
I am right I think it is the first time a Sussex side has played
Gloucestershire. Sussex lost the toss and were asked to field, and we
started well with Sophie Parnell taking two early wickets, while Izi
Noakes followed soon after taking the wicket of the opening batsman.
Sussex bowled tightly and were not giving anything away as they bowled
Gloucestershire out for 76 with Jade Elphick taking 4 for 10, Izi Noakes
3 for 21, Sophie Parnell 2 for 15 and Chiara Green 1 for 8 off 9. Also
Carla Rudd took two good catches behind.
We knew if we wanted to get maximum batting points
we would have to get the score within 19 overs, so openers Chiara Green
and Georgia Adams, were positive and attacking from the start and got
Sussex to 30 in no time at all until Chiara was caught on 21 off 28
balls and Georgia soon followed on 14 off 21 balls. Sophie Parnell and
Carla Rudd continued where Chiara and Georgia had left off and lead
Sussex to victory with only 2 wickets down and in 17 overs, so maximum
Their second game was 2 days later at Blackstone
against Kent who were, at the time top of the league. We won the toss
and elected to bat and our run rate was going well, but we kept losing
wickets at regular times, however Izzy Collis and Izi Noakes put on an
important partnership of 56, with Collis scoring 17 before being given
out LBW. Izi Noakes continued to stick around and was hitting the ball
hard, and reached her first County 50, she was eventually bowled for 65
off 77 balls. Sussex reached 182 for 9 in their 45 overs after Jade
Elphick hit out in the last over to make sure we got maximum batting
points. Kent had their overs reduced to 41 overs after bowling slowly.
Izi Noakes and Sophie Parnell started well with the new ball taking 3
early wickets, however Kent were keeping up with the run rate but Chiara
Green and Georgina Monk took the two main wickets. Sussex then slowed
Kent down and soon the 41 overs were up and Kent reached 143 for 8 with
Sussex winning by 39 runs. Izi Noakes finished her day off with 2 for
27, Chiara Green 2 for 33 and Sam Wright 1 for 9 off 6 overs.
The win against Kent has meant Sussex are now top
of the table after winning all their matches, let’s hope it continues
with their 2 remaining matches.
After a successful win last week against Yorkshire
at Harrogate, the Sussex Women were looking to put on an equally good
performance for the home crowd at The PROBIZ yesterday, and they did
Yorkshire won the toss and elected to bat first,
which again was to go in Sussex favour. Opening bowlers, Georgia Elwiss
and Alexia Walker started well with the new ball and used the overcast
conditions early on in the day to their advantage. Elwiss took the early
wicket of opener, Salliann Briggs, while Walker followed soon after,
removing opener Kathyrn Doherty.
Two more wickets fell in quick succession, with
Sophie Parnell running Lauren Winfield at Mid Wicket and Walker taking
her second wicket and bowling out Yorkshire’s overseas player, Liz
Holly Colvin came into the attack and again caused
problems for the batsman as they struggled to score and soon Colvin took
two quick wickets, fellow England spinner, Danielle Hazell and Jessica
Yorkshire were 50 for 6 and it looked like Sussex
could get Yorkshire our for under 100 like the week before, however
Katherine Brunt and Laura Spragg put on a partnership of 34 before
Spragg was bowled by Izi Noakes. Brunt followed soon after Caroline
Atkins caught her off the bowling of Noakes at mid on.
Off Spinner Charlotte Russell joined in with the
wickets taking the final two resulting in Yorkshire being bowled for 101
off 39 overs. Colvin finished with figures of 2 for 14, Walker 2 for 24
and Noakes 2 for 14.
Sussex openers Sarah Taylor and Caroline Atkins
went out to bat and looked to be positive and attacking from ball one as
they played their shots with ease, driving and pulling the ball to the
boundary. Both Taylor and Atkins were determined to get the runs quickly
so Sussex could get maximum batting points and going at over 6 an over
they soon reached the score in the 16th over with Atkins
hitting a four to the boundary to see Sussex to victory and reaching her
half century, while Taylor scored 40 off 48 balls.
We also had the squad photo at The PROBIZ yesterday
which was a great success, I will keep you posted on details on that.
We still have a lot more games this week:
Tuesday 2nd August – Women T20 Comp @
Wednesday 3rd August – Women T20 Comp @
Friday 5th August – Under 17s v
Hampshire @ Yateley CC - 11.30am start
Saturday 6th August – Under 13s v
Buckinghamshire – Quarter Finals @ Ferring Cricket Club – 2pm start
Sunday 7th August – Women v Berkshire –
away – 11am start
I hope my smile stays this week!!!