Harpenden U11 Girls Cricket Team retained their County Title after defeating Boxmoor in the County Cup Final. Harpenden captain, Luella Base, after winning the toss, opted to bat first.
Opening up with Charlotte Caswell, the pair made steady progress taking the score onto 212. The second pairing of Emily Lucas and Izzy Chapman got stuck into the Boxmoor bowling attack, including a massive 6 hit by Emily to take score onto 245.
The next pair of Emma Clarke & Hannah Burns, batting in rain and a swirling wind and despite a couple of excellent catches by the Boxmoor fielders, kept the score moving forward.
The last pair of Lucy Evans and Sarah Brooks, facing the best of the bowling did brilliantly to help the team post an excellent score of 263. After a good batting performance, the girls followed up with some excellent bowling.
The pick of the bowlers were Charlotte Caswell, Emma Clarke, Lucy Evans and Sarah Brooks, and there was also some excellent fielding from Hannah Booth and wicket keeper Izzy Chapman. The excellent bowling and fielding meant Boxmoor were always behind the run rate required and in the end they finished on 224, resulting in a win for Harpenden by 39 runs.
An excellent game played in very testing conditions for both teams and a great way to finish off another terrific season for the U11 girls league. Congratulations also to Boxmoor, a brilliant achievement to reach their first girls final. Great to have another strong club joining the ranks of girls cricket.