Narrandera High Schools open girl’s cricket team scored a convincing win in a knockout played at Leeton High School ovals on March 13.
In the first match, Narrandera played Leeton, with Leeton taking to the wicket first to make a total of 64 runs.
Narrandera’s Leah Smith caught out Leeton’s state cricket representative Charlie Lamont. Charlie was selected in the ACT/NSW Under 15s girls team. Other catches were taken by Lily Sergeant, Flo Meier and Ellie Hall.
“Brooke Hall was fantastic in wicket keeping for the entire innings and we didn’t bowl too many wides,” team spokesperson Emma Sergeant said. “We sent Lily and Leah out as our opening batsmen and they played it rather safe.
“Their partnership lasted 16 overs before Leah was caught out and Lily was clean bowled by Leeton’s fast bowling State Cricket Rep.
“In the end we only lost by 5 runs, which was very exciting for us.”
In the second match, Captain Zara Hands lost the toss and NHS was sent in to bat against Riverina Access Partnership.
The Partnership involves six schools – Ardlethan, Ariah Park, Barellan, Hillston, Lockhart and Oaklands Central Schools.
“Ellie opened with Brooke, but RAP was able to take a few lucky catches and got rid of a few of our opening batters rather quickly – but not before Leah hit a smashing boundary,” Emma said. “Lily and Ellie had a long partnership with Ellie making 24 runs and Lily 18 (not including wides).
“The senior players were all padded up to play but we ran out of overs. We shared the bowling around in this game and made sure everybody had a go. Mahlei Gilmour screamed with excitement as she bowled somebody out and was so proud she had kept the ball on the pitch.
“Milly Smith and Flo Meier took awesome catches and Brooke took a dive to take another. Maddie Rainbird, Lily and Leah and Zara took a catch each.
“We won this game convincingly and had a great day out.
“Thanks to Joseph Foley and Ky Bloomfield for being excellent scorers and coaches on the day, your knowledge about the game was appreciated.”
In other junior cricket news, Leeton players Ethan McDonald and Jack Allen were selected to compete for Murrumbidgee Cricket against Northern Riverina in the final round of the cricket trials at Griffith.
This second and final round had more than 25 boys vying for a spot in the team, with Ethan and Jack successfully securing the two spots.
The boys are due to play in the NSW Under 13s Youth Championships in Dubbo in September.