Bucks Girls Player Pathway Season Review 2016

U11 Girls Development had a really encouraging year in their 2nd year in existence. With a squad full of many players relatively new to cricket they acquitted themselves really well. High lights were a very close game with Essex Development where Bucks were just 6 runs short whilst chasing 95 and a very close game with Oxford. Oxford scored 81 for 3 and Bucks made it to 82 for 4 on the last ball. Top scorer being Holly Levine on 25no.  

U11 County Girls really kicked on in 2016 with many great individual performances and really encouraging team performances. Many close games, none more so than trying to chase down Hampshire’s 148 all out making it to 146 for 6 in 30 overs. Amber Drewe and Youie Nichols having a partnership of 80 to nearly win the game.
Team performances of note was being runners up in U13 8 aside festival beating a good Hertfordshire U13 team on the way and backing that up by winning the U11 Tournament beating Middlesex on the way. They were at their most impressive in scoring 237 for 3 against Northants with Gabi Palmer ending on 96 no and Amelia Peck scoring 46. Other scores of note was a very quick 41 by Tilly Crampsie against Berkshire. Many contributed with the ball but pick of the bowlers being Emily Brown and Amelia Peck with 13 wickets each.

U13 Development Girls had a really successful 2016. The squad was built around a nucleus of players in their 2nd year of U13 Development cricket. They won all their early season games, beating similar teams from Oxfordshire and Berkshire and a very strong Kent U11 County. On tour they had a close game against Essex just not quite defending their 97 and failed to make the 107 needed to beat Warwickshire.
There was many great individual performances with Merryn Sutaria being the stand out batter with an average of 43 backed up by Rosie Burton-Pye and captain Kirsty McKendrick. Stand out bowler was Holly Jarvis who was called up into the county team and got 5 for 7 against Warwickshire. 

U13 Girls County team had a brilliant season and would have likely made the the National Semis but for other counties intransigence in rearranging fixtures. There were wins against oxford, Northants and Warwickshire with the best team performance chasing down Warwickshires 188 with 4 overs to spare.
Many excellent players contributed to these performances with both Ella Claridge and Cara Duggan scoring 50s. Holly Wilson, Hannah Davies and Maisie Taylor were the top 3 wicket takers. Both Ella Claridge and Holly Wilson represented Buckinghamshire in a select U13 team against U15 and U17 County teams.

U15 Girls had a significantly improved season with highlights being wins against Worcester and Herefordshire in the T/20 competition and convincing wins against Shropshire, Northants and Oxfordshire. Having started the season in unconvincing form the improvement through the season was discernible with scores of 182, 212 and 200 being posted in 40 overs. 

Top batter was Tilly Mason who scored 372 runs in 9 innings and has since been selected for the Southern Vipers Academy. 50s were scored by Hannah Bates and Alexa Wilson with both Hannah Dawbarn and Hattie Moore falling 2 short with top scores of 48. Many bowlers were used with Hattie Moore being the pick, taking 23 wickets at an average of 8 with 5 for 8 against Shropshire being her most impressive return

The highlight of U17 Girls 2016 season was a convincing win against Dorset. Lottie Woodall and Chloe Helps had an opening partnership of 145 scoring 68 and 96 respectively going on to post a score of 269. Other contributors to runs in the season were Hannah Bates with 155 and top score of 67 and Izzy Gurney with 101 runs in the season.  Top wicket takers were Tilly Mason, Lottie Woodall, Hannah Bates and Chloe Helps, with Tilly’s 4 for 2 against Dorset being the best return.

Womens 1st XI gave opportunities to many of our young talented cricketers but also experimented with loan players from other counties. This proved a winning combination in helping to Bucks to runners up spot to Gloucestershire in their T/20 league. In the longer format a mixture of results where posting a total of 114 was enough to beat Dorset yet 201 for 1 was not enough against Wiltshire. The bulk of the runs came from Jan Godman and Sue Benson who both scored half centuries. The spin trio of Martha Manktelow, Jan Godman, and Louise Verroken-Jones accounted for the majority of wickets taken, with wickets also for Chloe Ayre and Cara Duggan.

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