Kent College have won the U15 Girls Hardball County Final in its first ever year, beating runners up Colfes School at Kings School in Rochester yesterday.
The Kent Girls Hardball Competition has been well supported in its pioneer year and is a positive sign of the growth in girls cricket. Seven schools across the County were able to enter a girls hardball team with Colfes, Hayes and John Roan competing in the West cluster and Kent College, Kings Canterbury, Sir Roger Manwoods and Benenden School in the East Cluster.
The finals day consisted of four teams playing a semi-final to get into the grand final. Semi Final 1 saw Kent College bat first with 148-1, which proved enough to progress as John Roan battled to 59-5. Semi Final 2 saw Colfes School achieve 100-4 with Kings School in Canterbury unlucky to miss out after a dramatic final over finishing 6 runs shy with 94-3.
In the grand final, the girls from Kent College and Colfes ignored the rain to produce a fine spectacle of cricket on the beautiful Kings Rochester main pitch. Ailsa Naylor raced to her retirement at 30 runs with some fine boundaries, with Alexa Stonehouse and Chloe Plumb contributing significantly to their total of 98-1. After a fine bowling performance from Colfes girls Ciara, Georgia, Annabelle, Rhea Molly and Scarlett, they were then in to bat but were limited to just 33 all out, Aimee Plumb from Kent College increasing her total to 5 wickets for the day.
Kent College were crowned County Champions just as the rain started to pour down, after a fantastic days cricket. A massive thank you to the teachers for their support, King’s School in Rochester for their hospitality and for the girls whose effort and teamwork was evident throughout the whole tournament. We hope for the 2018 Competition to involve even more schools!