Hursley Park Ladies 2012
We were optimistic at the start of the Championship Season of 2012, with some familiar opponents and only Orpington (relegated from the Prem) and Hastings being new opposition. Also the first team, and the club as a whole, was developing nicely.
Jem’s four wickets and 85 not out from Tayz set up an opening day six-wicket victory against Twickenham, and we were off and running. Guildford were swept aside on their own patch, with half-centuries for Emma Bane and the in-form Taylor and the bowlers kept their nerve to win a cracking game at Orpington by three runs, Rach Carrick and Tayz bowling the crucial ‘death’ overs The winning streak continued, including a well-managed victory at Twickenham (click here to read more about this memorable match) and by the time that we travelled to Hastings for the last game of the season the Championship Title beckoned, and the Premier League was tantalisingly close. Charlotte Taylor had led the batting throughout the season and did so once again with 91. Dani Ransley chipped in with a half-century and our total of 260-9 proved enough to complete a 100% season (click here to read more about this memorable matches).
The 2s nearly pulled off a club double, but again missed out on the Hampshire League title, the only defeat against Cove proving crucial as the North Hampshire club won every game to hold on to top spot. The emerging Sian Edwards headed the batting for the 2s, with good support from Sarah Attrill and Laura Feltham, and there were two 5 wicket hauls – Ellie Musson (5-9 against Yateley) and Hannah Birch (5-21 against Pink Maidens).
Tayz led the club run charts for the year, with skipper Jem yet again proving her worth with the ball and being leading wicket-taker. After a couple of grazing years the junior girls section was up and running again with the Ansar sisters among the leading performers.
The St.Cross sixes trophy was lifted for the fourth successive year, and there was external recognition for the club as we were voted the Club of the Year at the Annual Hampshire & IOW Sports Awards.
Indoor Season 2011/12
Always looking to push ourselves indoors we entered the men’s league at Eastleigh for the new winter season, joining Division 3. We retained three teams in the women’s league as well as once again entering the league at Dummer, which was re-titled the Serious Cricket League after the new sponsors.
Our opening men’s league game, against Knights Valley, started well as Helen Borrett’s unbeaten 46 led us to a total of 143, but we were soon given a sight of how tough the challenge would be as the score was chased down with two overs to spare. Our first five men’s league games all ended in defeat, but we recorded our first win against Southampton Warriors, and ended the season with three wins from ten games. These results included a win against Whalesmead Thistle when defending 110. Jem took the first five wickets and had four balls remaining to become the first ever bowler in the 35 year history of the league to take all six, but then ran the last batsman out ! Her figures of 5-6 remain the best ever in all divisions of the competition.
The B and C teams both gave the As a run for their money, but all ten matches were won and another league title secured. The B team finished as runners-up. Jenny Wilson scored an unbeaten 68 for the As against the Cs, an innings that remains the highest individual indoor score by an HP player. In the cup final Emma Bane’s 39 set up a 99 run victory against Burridge, and another double was clinched.
We continued our unbeaten run in the Serious Cricket League, winning all eight matches. Baz and Charlie Forster were prominent players in another league winning side.
There were new indoor highs for Emma (499 runs) and Jem (21 wickets). As our involvement in indoor cricket continued to grow we played 45 games during the winter.