Hursley Park Ladies 2010
The best cricket teams usually consist of a balance between youth and experience as well as between cricket skills. In 2010 the 1s were able to achieve that balance. There were quite a few changes from the previous year, with Hannah Clark, Carrie Ann White and Alex Barton now being eligible to play, Hazel Wilkinson back to full fitness after missing an entire season, the experienced Jenny Wilson joining, and a batch of youngsters including Harriet Batchelor, Charlotte Taylor and Dani Ransley really starting to establish themselves at senior level. The long-time foundations of the side– Jem Green, Helen Borrett and Emma Bane - were still delivering, with Jem taking over as captain.
A tight first game of the season against Twickenham was clinched by 15 runs thanks to four wickets from young spinner Emily Carden, and this was followed by big wins against Dukesmead and Horsham, where Taylor, White and Wilkinson all scored half-centuries and Green took 4-4 including a hat-trick. A prickly return encounter at Twickenham was won in unlikely fashion (click here to read more about this memorable match) and with the winning momentum now in full swing we went through the rest of the season unbeaten, confirming the title, and promotion to the Championship, on the final day of the season at Holmesdale. ‘Vans’ (Carrie-Ann White) had a stellar season, heading both the runs and wickets columns, but the success was a really good example of teamwork, with so many contributing to the cause. The transformation had been such that we had gone from a record of winning one game from eleven in 2009 to winning ten from ten the following year.
The 2nd X1, under a few different young captains, had a solid season – winning five of eight games, and produced two outstanding individual performances. The consistent Kate Beecraft took an astonishing 6-6 in the away fixture at Pink Maidens, the best bowling figures for the club at that date and not bettered until 2020, and the left-handed Gemma Harper scored our first ever 2nd X1 century in a win at Aldershot, where she shared a partnership of 190 with Frankie Barber.
We also retained the St.Cross sixes title, and made our first ‘overseas’ trip when we travelled to play the Isle of Wight at Newclose.
Indoor Season 2009/10
We again entered 3 teams at Fleming Park, as well as one at Dummer for the 2009/10 indoor season. One change was an increase from 10 overs to 12 overs per innings at Fleming, where Portsmouth again looked strong and Southampton Uni also posed a threat, with a squad that included Amy Mistry and Jenny Wilson.
The A team took advantage of the extra overs and posted 200 in successive games, with five batters retiring against St.Cross. Soton Uni were beaten in the cup, but the students gained revenge two weeks later in the league, chasing down our total with two wickets in hand. The B team did the A team a huge favour by beating the uni, meaning that a win against Portsmouth clinched a fifth successive title for HP. The B team finished fourth and the C team sixth.
The double was achieved in dramatic style in the cup final against Portsmouth, while the side at Dummer completed the season with a one hundred per cent record.
Jem Green (412 runs and 17 wickets) again led the way in the individual stakes, and B team skipper Laura Feltham was also very consistent.