King’s Girls Celebrate Strong Cricket Season
Girls’ cricket at King’s Schools has never been stronger, with girls from both King’s Hall and King’s College taking an increasing interest in the sport.
During the Summer Term, pupils from King’s Hall played their first ever hardball match against Taunton School – a match that was played in good spirit and encouraged the girls’ continued interest to play more matches in the future.
King’s College presently has over 40 girls playing cricket. This year, for the first time, the school fielded two separate girls’ teams; an Under 15 team and Senior 1st XI team.
The U15 team progressed to the final of Broderick Cup, where Fourth Form pupil Lottie Hanrahan won the Batting Award after scoring the most runs in the tournament, while Third Former Abbie Stride achieved the second highest ‘wicket taker’ accolade.
The Senior XI had an equally successful start, beating Blundell’s School by only two wickets. Fifth Form players Alice Dymond and Elise Johnson-Rai claimed two wickets each, with Lottie Hanrahan and Abbie Stride helping their side to take home victory.
The King’s 1st XI also hosted the Marylebone Ladies Cricket Club, who won by 47 runs. For King’s, Lottie Hanrahan scored the top score of 21, while Ana Richards made 17.
Abi Stride and Issy Ambler are also currently playing for the Somerset U15 team, while wicket-keeper Grace Perkins, who had never played cricket before joining King’s, now a member of Guilford Cricket Club.
Ahead of the recent Women’s International Tri-Series T20 matches, three King’s girls, Anna Richards, Alice Dymond and Abbie Stride, spent a session bowling at the England team.
A large number of girls from both schools also went along to watch the England Women’s team in their game against South Africa.
Sara Similien, Head of PE and Girls’ Games at King’s College, said: “There is an increasing interest in cricket among the girls, with more pupils than ever before wanting to play.”
She added: “With the recent opening of our new Sports Performance and Cricket Centre (SPCC), this is something that we can hopefully build upon looking forward.”
More recently, King’s hosted two sides from Taunton Deane Cricket Club for a summer evening of female cricket; an occasion that was enjoyed by players from both teams and one that is likely to be repeated on an annual basis.
Hannah Hughes of Taunton Deane CC said: “This was a great opportunity for the Deane girls to have the chance to train and play at the excellent facilities offered by King’s College.”
“Our women’s team are a mix of experience, and for those new to cricket, the nerves were naturally a little high with anticipation. However, the match was played in a great atmosphere and any concerns were soon alleviated.”
She added: “We felt thoroughly looked after all evening, and King’s staff and pupils were incredibly hospitable. Both games were played in great spirit and we hope this will be an annual fixture.”