A small piece of club history was made on Wednesday 12th May as the Club played what is believed to be its first ever hard-ball junior girls match against Thames Ditton in the U12 age group of the Smash It Surrey League.

Having developed since U8 with softball cricket, and with no winter training possible, the last couple of weeks have seen the girls have a crash course in facing hardball, putting on pads and helmets and adapting their games under the guidance of coaches Kevin, Colin and Will.
 
The match was 16 overs, 8 a side pairs cricket with the teams starting on 200.  After captain Lizzie won the toss, a steady bowling performance saw Thames Ditton restricted to a score of 298 off their allocation, despite some strong hitting.  Special mention to Hope who's figures were 2-0-8-1 and the 7 wickets overall were shared around the bowlers.
 
After a sticky start, WHCC were behind the rate having scored 259 after 12 overs but some inspired late order batting saw us reach the final over ahead by 6 runs. Then calamity with a wicket off the first ball of the over saw the lead reduced to one run but the last pair of Alice and Jess held their nerve and the team ended with a score of 301 (net 101) to win by 3 runs.
 
It was a great occasion played in a great spirit and only a shame more spectators could not be present to witness it. This is hopefully just another step in the growth of girls' cricket at the Club.  We now have over 50 girls playing from U6 to U14 and thanks to the fantastic work put in by Kevin Silverton over many years, the section goes from strength to strength.
 
Well played girls!
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