Hurst College girls taking great strides in the world of cricketMay 19, 2016
Girls in all age groups at Hurst College are enjoying successful starts to the cricket season.
With more girls than ever trying cricket, interest in the sport has increased rapidly. Hurst often fields two teams for each age group and are taking on top quality opposition each week.
Head of Girls’ Cricket, Tina Towler, feels the girls’ success is down to one main trait, “Although cricket is often built around individual performances, there is no doubt that the camaraderie and pure enjoyment are the underlying reasons for this success.”
Hurst’s U15 cricketers, who won the Sussex Softball Cup last year were unlucky to lose on the last ball at the Sussex Indoor Finals earlier this term. The team bounced straight back and since then have been dominant,winning the recent sixes hardball tournament at St George’s College, Weybridge.
Hurst’s U13 girls remain unbeaten after some great performances during the last couple of weeks. “For many girls this is their first cricket season so it is great to see them succeeding and also showing a real determination to improve from game to game,” said Tina Towler.They replicated the success of their U15 counterparts by winning the St George’s eight-a-side tournament recently and are performing strongly in their county league.
Success continued at U18 level with the girls winning their annual fixture against Cranleigh. This fixture has offered mixed results in previous years so winning with 13 overs to spare on the back of a half century by ZaZa Menzies demonstrates the strength of Girls’ Cricket at Hurst right now .
Director of Sport, Rob Kift, said “There is no doubt that girls’ cricket is the future. The performances bythe England international team in recent times are exciting young female cricketers across the country. We are so proud as a College that we have so many successful girls’ cricket teams and that participation has increased hugely in the last three years.”
All three age groups will be continuing their season with their sights set on more success.