THE inaugural outing for a girls’ cricket team at Seaford College near Petworth came after a year in the making.
A team of ten girls from Years 7 and 8 took to the cricket fields of Hurstpierpoint in an under-14 eight-a-side tournament against the likes of Bedes, Blatchington Mill, Hurst, Rydon and Downlands schools.
The girls’ hard work in training and key support from head of prep school sport Dom Barnes stood Seaford in great stead. Fast, accurate bowling from the Xenia Truman and Sophie Wall kept the opposition on their toes and they took a stream of wickets.
Zoe Lunt’s superb wicketkeeping and sharp fielding and catching from Megan Bennett and Ellie Holt meant Seaford were a force to be reckoned with. Beating Blatchington Mill convincingly set Seaford up with a clash against Hurst A in the group final. Timing restrictions limited the play to a four-over affair which saw Seaford bat first, showing aggression with Sophie Wall and Loulou Robson smashing the Hurst attack around the ground.
But a combination of great batting from Hurst and a suspected scorer error, Seaford were pipped to the post on the penultimate delivery.
Dan Joseph, head of cricket, said: “Second place on their first outing, playing against girls up to two years older, is not a bad day out of the office at all.
“This is the start of something great for girls’ cricket. With the likes of our senior girls Tanya Wake (who plays with the Sussex women’s cricket team) and Holly Boarer leading the line, who knows what next year has in store?”