On Wednesday 24th April 2019, 9 pupils made the trip to the Ageas Bowl Cricket Ground to take part in the England Cricket U13 Indoor Regional Finals. Having won their respective county competition, they competed against the 7 other best teams in the South with a place at the National Finals competition at stake.
Full of nerves the girls began the day with their 1st group match against Radyr Comprehensive, the top team in South Wales, They soon found their feet with an impressive fielding display to restrict their opponents to 69-7. A dominant batting display followed and the girls came out winners with a phenomenal score of 102-5.
With confidence levels rising the second group game against the top team from Wiltshire, Corsham School, saw the TIFS girls again fielding first with a strong bowling lineup against a resilient opposition batting line up who scored a well earned 87-4. Going into bat knowing that a win would see them sail through to the semi-final, the girls were disappointed to find themselves rapidly 4 wickets down with a mountain to climb, however a fantastic recovery led to a final score of 92-6.
2 wins from 2 games and a guaranteed semi-final place! An amazing achievement.
Their final group game was, therefore, a formality against their toughest opponents yet and the best team from Devon, South Dartmoor College, who were the National Champions from last year. Again. They fielded first and were brilliant, managing to restrict a phenomenally strong batting line up to 100-5. Unfortunately, the opposition fielders proved too experienced with the girls all out for a score of 34, the team placing 2nd in the group and progressing to the semi-finals.
After an enjoyable morning and a well earned lunch break, the girls were looking forward to their semi-final match and confident of pulling out a win against the best team from Hampshire and winners of the other group, Churcher’s College. Again, they fielded first putting on an impressive display with their opposition finishing on a total of 81-5, an achievable target. However, some mistakes and unfortunate run-outs proved costly with the girls all out for 66 runs.
Finishing in the top 4 teams from the South region is an incredible achievement and something that all the girls in the team should be immensely proud of.