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Thank you to all those who sent their best wishes to Philly for her big match. I dosed her up with paracetamol and we coughed and spluttered our way through the bad traffic and rain on Saturday morning to get to Reddings and Hatherley CC , Gloucestershire
Kent U15 girls won National Championships after a very close match against Hampshire near Cheltenham on Saturday! Kent won the toss and put Hampshire into bat and things were looking very promising when they were all out for 70 off 26 of the allocated 35 overs. Sibton Park's Olivia Barber took a catch and Philly took their last wicket - clean bowled.
Tea wasn't ready so Kent went straight in to bat for 10 overs before break. However strong bowling from Hampshire and perhaps some over-confidence from the top order saw the collapse of Kent's batting. Philly's mum is reporting the voiced opinion of others present when she says that Philly saved the day - coming in 5 and steadying the situation. (she looked so laid back I wondered if she was awake!) When Olivia Barber came in, the two Sibton girls made a very mature pairing which steadied the nerves of the onlookers. But Hants opening bowlers came on for a second spell and 3 more wickets fell in quick succession.
Hampshire were fielding very close and tight to stop the singles and take catches. With 8 wickets down and an 11th batswoman suffering from the flu and very reluctant to have to come on, Philly finished the match with a four - top-scorer with 20 of the 71 total! Unfortunately, the electronic scoreboard was slow to catch up so there was a pause before everyone knew that the game was over. Once it was confirmed, the Kent team ran onto the pitch and jumped on Philly. She had to stand up to take applause when the trophies were presented and her batting was commended by the ECB person who presented the trophies.All the girls and parents acclaimed her as the match winner who'd saved everyones skins!
The stats and a less biased account should soon be available on the following link:
Watched by probably the largest crowd of senior members ever assembled, at two minutes past two, Ben Allon (Uncle Ben these days) snicked a tempting half volley through the covers, ran two, and the scoreboard recovered from a nervous hiccough then flickered back into life to register 126. It no longer mattered what Blackheath did to Folkestone, that was the Championship and Sibton Park join the Top Ten, becoming probably the smallest club ever to play in KCL's top flight. 254 points and no draws, as they almost say on Mastermind.
Congratulations all round on all the hard work that has gone into taking the club from the bottom of the KCL to the top, an achievement that must have looked like a wastrel's daydream just 10 years ago when we were shovelling slurry off the square.
It was easy to see, in the professional way that the 1s despatched Hythe, winning by 131 runs, how much the team have benefitted from hard work and Mark Dobson's coaching in the winter but particular thanks should also go to all those who have contributed indirectly, by pioneering the ECB development strategy, helping to build the finest playing facilities in Kent, running a highly successful Junior Section, managing the club's affairs and finances, making the teas and doing all the thousands of other jobs that need to be done well to make a club successful.