Hursley Park Ladies 2008
Our growing number of junior players encouraged us to enter a second team into the Hampshire Cricket League for the 2008 season. Phea Hewitt led a very young side to a four wicket win in the opening fixture at Burridge, with Rach Carrick and Gemma Harper leading the way with the ball and Frankie Barber seeing us home with the bat.
There was an enforced change at the top of the batting order for the 1st X1 when Charlotte Gallagher, leading run-scorer in the previous two seasons, secured a teaching job in London. Fortunately, Kath Bond, who had only played intermittently in the previous two years, proved a more than adequate replacement, scoring the club’s first century in a run of five successive innings of fifty or more, on her way to a season’s total of 421 runs. All-rounder Hazel Wilkinson, who had come to study at Solent University, proved a good addition, registering three half-centuries.
The league season was frustrating with five games lost to the weather and a further two to concessions, so the 1s played only 7 games, winning four. We finished fifth in a league won by Kent side Holmesdale. Jemma was again our leading wicket-taker with her accurate off-spin. Somewhat surprisingly we had not pulled off any stumpings prior to this season but new wicket-keeper Jane Royer put that right with two, both off Emma Bane’s bowling, in the first game
We also entered the newly formed Southern League cup and reached the final. The final, at Purley, proved a step too far as were swept aside by a powerful Loughton side.
The second eleven won four out of nine games to finish comfortably mid-table in a satisfying first season, skipper Phea setting a good example with 16 wickets. Many of the young side that played in the 2s that year went on to long careers with HP.
The Surrey sixes title was won for a second successive year.
Indoor Season 2007/08
The growing number of players at the club, and the popularity of indoor cricket within our ranks, led us to enter a second team in the league for the 2007/08 season. Portsmouth, the leading club in the area at the time, also entered for the first time so we looked forward to the battle to defend our crowns.
The reliable pair of Emma Bane and Jem Green ensured enough runs were on board to beat Portsmouth in the season’s opener, in which Hazel Wilkinson made a valuable contribution with both bat and ball on debut. The Bs, skippered by Lizzie Phillips, recorded an early win against Burridge, and also defeated Southampton University, but it soon became clear that Portsmouth would be the major threat. The A team managed to win all of the remaining league games before the encounter with Portsmouth on the last day of the season. Portsmouth had won every game since the season’s opener, so could still take the title if they won the return game. Portsmouth posted 107, and we managed to tie the game with a leg bye off the last ball, meaning we had won the league again.
We once again faced Portsmouth in the Cup Final, and Jem’s 3-14 ensured a 34 run win.
Emma Bane with 277 runs and Jem Green with 11 wickets once again led the way in another double-winning indoor season. Emma batted ten times without being dismissed.