Thursday 4th May marked an historic moment in Oundle’s cricketing history, with the 1st X1 Girls’ cricketers not only playing but winning their very first match against The Perse School in Cambridge. The match was played at home, with the School’s J M Mills Cricket Pavilion as the back drop.
Captain, Alice Wilson (17) commented, “Our first ever match, against The Perse, started off smoothly with some great bowling from Freya Wilson (15) and Charlotte Fray (16), and with many others showing amazing potential. With a few wickets and a run-out from the Wicket Keeper coupled with a beautifully straight bowl from Lucy Stock (17), I think it is fair to say the team was very excited as they went in to bat.”
The girls opened their batting strongly with the first pair of Alice and Miranda Joicey (17) just missing out on half centuries. Victory came when the pair of Phoebe Gammell (16) and Lucy Stock (17) played terrifically, despite the pressure, and ran on the last few balls, achieving the runs needed for Oundle to win the game. The score they were chasing was 137, which, in spite of the bitterly cold weather, they achieved with just three balls left.
On 9th May, the team played in a close match against Oakham which saw Oakham emerge victorious but some excellent play from the Oundle team showed great talent and potential.
The J M Mills Pavilion is named after Mike Mills who enjoyed an 80 year history with Oundle cricket and the School as a pupil, teacher, Housemaster and Master of Cricket.
Alice concluded, “I want to offer my thanks for the support we have received from the School community and our coaches on this momentous occasion and we hope that more will be joining the sport as it continues to grow in the School.”
Master in Charge of Cricket, John Crawley commented, “The match against The Perse was an impressive and historic victory and we have also since then played our first U15 girls' match. Enthusiasm for the sport is growing rapidly in the School and this fits with a rise in participation in women's cricket in general in this country. A strong national team, an opportunity to play cricket for a living and a strong national women's competition all point towards further growth in the future.”