Despite a reasonably comfortable triumph in the Kent regional competition, the TGS U13 girls cricketers travelled to the South-East regional finals day, July 9th, in Chelmsford not knowing how their collective strength would fare against champion opponents from other counties. We were pitted against schools from Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire in the Round-Robin phase and were delighted to win each match convincingly. All the girls played their part either with the bat or with the ball (or both) and Emily Cross reached the retirement score of 20 runs in all three games.
Local team Shenfield High School faced us in the final and for the first time our batters didn’t quite find their flow. Despite a good innings from Natasha Phillips we were soundly beaten. So we finished runners-up to a very good team but it was a pleasure to see all the girls trying so hard, cheering their teammates so loudly and applauding the opposition so warmly at the end of every match. Everyone watching was throughly impressed, especially when it was pointed out that they are all Year 7 so can try again next year! Well done Emily Cross, Natasha Phillips, Kate Duncan, Tilly Filce, Melanie Doggett, Darcey Milliner, Hannah Jackson, Anna Pretorius, Erin Connell and especially Kirsty Dymond who captained the squad with immense maturity and joie de vivre!