On Friday 14th August, Paignton hosted the under 13s girls festival, which saw entries from Paignton, Ipplepen, Exeter and a mixed team from Bovey Tracey and Plymouth. The day started as it meant to go on - a little damp and drizzly, but despite this, all fixtures were played. The format for the day was similar to the Ladies Super 8s festival but with reduced overs to fit all the games in. The rules of the game ensured that the matches were complete team efforts: opening batters had to be different in each game; bowlers could only bowl 2 overs, with the opening batters not able to bowl until everyone else had.
(Bella and Charlotte Greenwood missing)
To reflect the team effort, during the day, teams had to vote for a Player's Player on the opposing team on every game and also a manger could choose the a player at the end of the day who they considered player of the day.
There was some great cricket all round during the day, but each match had its highlights...
Paignton under 13s beat Ipplepen under 13s by 5 wickets
Batting highlights: Darcy Thomas, Ipplepen, retired not out (20) . Alice Brown, Paignton, retired, not out (20)
Bowling highlights: Alice Brown, Paignton, caught and bowled
Exeter under 13s vs Boveymouth under 13s by 20 runs
Batting highlights: Piper Haffenden, retired not out (20) . Ellie Goldsworthy, Exeter, retired not out (23- 5 boundary 4s)
Fielding highlights: amazing catch taken by Lucy Vosper, Exeter
Paignton under 13s beat Exeter under 13s by 6 wickets
Batting highlights: Ellie Goldsworthy, Exeter, retired not out (21) . Alice Brown, Paignton, retired not out (21), Jemima Mitchell, Exeter, 17no
Bowling highlights: Alice Brown, Paignton, 2 overs, 1 wicket, 1 run, 1 maiden
Ipplepen under 13s beat Boveymouth under 13s by 6 wickets
Batting highlights: Piper Haffenden, Plymouth, retired not out (21) . Darcy Thomas, Ipplepen, retired not out (23)
Fielding highlight: Great keeping wicket by Maggie Haffenden
Exeter under 13s beat Ipplepen under 13s by 5 wickets
Batting Highlights: Esme Stock, Molly Hichins (20), retired not out . Ellie Goldsworthy, Exeter, retired not out (20)
Bowling highlights: Zoe Maynard, Ipplepen, maiden over
Paignton under 13s beat Boveymouth under 13s by 18 runs
Batting highlights: Ella Clarke, Paignton, retired not out (20)
Bowling/fielding highlights: Cammie Collins, Paignton, 2 wickets in 2 balls.
Maggie Haffenden, throw in for run out.
Please follow the link here for the full scores on Play Cricket.
Player's Player for the day, voted by all teams: Piper Haffenden
Paignton: Alice Brown (retired, significant bowling and captain of the team)
Exeter: Ellie Goldsworthy (retired not out every game)
Boveymouth: Maggie Haffenden (Is there anything she can't do, that pocket rocket)
Ipplepen: Esme Stock (great team player)
Huge thanks to Paignton Cricket Club for hosting for the day. Also to Charlie Presswell, Jasper Presswell and Alex Jopling for umpiring the games and Hester Presswell for scoring.
Thanks to the team managers, Jack Harman (Paignton), Clare Hancock (Ipplepen), Richard Goldsworthy (Exeter) and Sarah Harvey/ Mr Haffenden (Boveymouth). It would have been difficult to have got the day going without you.
The future of ladies cricket at this clubs is certainly in safe hands!