Match Report
Gresham's School Girls-U14A vs  Culford School
On: Saturday, 05 May 2018
Venue: at Home

The Edi pitch was to witness some sporting history as girls cricket was finally put on the map at Gresham’s senior school.

The opposition had already lost to RHS, but that was one more game than our girls had ever played. Em Howard won the toss and elected to bat first on this glorious dry wicket. Rosie Ringer opened the batting and became the top scorer with 20 runs before being runout. Her co-opener Scarlett Ebdale was also run out, but alas only for a duck. Communication of whether to run or not will need some work…clearly the 100 years of rounders in girl’s summer sports has left an imprint. Molly Cook made 10 runs before being caught out. Henrietta made 4 runs and was also caught. Edith Brock was spectacularly caught and bowled for a duck. Christina Storey, Leila Yuasa and Molly George all went for ducks as the tail end collapsed. Zelia Holmes made a valuable 10 runs not out. We were 62 all out off 17 overs.

The girls were in buoyant mood after the drinks and cake break, knowing little about how remote their chances of victory really were. Rosie Ringer spurred on by her fine batting display managed to bowl their opening batslady out. Henrietta got their other opener out with an excellent run out. And then the drama unraveled…could this first game end in an improbable win….Scarlett Ebdale bowled a peach delivery for another wicket, as Edith Broch at backstop danced a merry jig…more wickets fell in quick succession – Zelia Holmes bowled an unplayable delivery. Culford were 20 runs short and 6 wickets down…could the win still be on. Alas some lose bowling gave Culford some quick boundaries. With 5 runs to win the call was to attack in the field, so everyone came in, and another catch meant only 3 wickets for victory.

A cricket first…,Edith Broch, now not the backstop/wicket keeper was brought on to bowl, and as she bowled shouted “attack”…was this really happening? Culford just won with 3 wickets spare…..but they knew this was a close call, and Gresham’s girls cricket had arrived…..these girls had learnt much about the game and were on fire for more wickets…..owzs that’s….walking in …..backing up. A close first match…and I am sure much more to come from these competitors by the end of the season.