ON Sunday, 22 April, Galloway Cricket club took a team of Junior girls from Gatehouse of Fleet Primary School to a Girls Cricket Festival in Hawick.
The girls have a five weeks of coaching at school provided by Galloway Cricket Club in preparation for the Hawick event.
It was a very early start and a huge undertaking but the girls were keen to get stuck in regardless of the weather. On arrival the girls were met by six teams from various Schools in the Borders.
The weather was very changeable but play went ahead. The girls played their first game against Newcastleton School who were also new to cricket and won their game convincingly with some amazing bowling from Emily, Jenny, Carry and Jazmin. Lauren and Caitlin fielded well and encouraged the team whilst very generously offering to take turns playing for the other team to make up their numbers.
Jennifer and Maya batted well despite some difficult bowling and scored runs for the team. The girl of the match though had to be Hope who never took her eye off the ball and fielded quickly and was always ready for every ball. She ran between the stumps fantastically, calling out the runs to her team members and keeping the team spirit up.
Towards the end of the second game the girls looked to be about to notch up their second win of the day against Drumlanrig, a more experienced side, when the heavens opened and everyone had to run to the club house for cover. It was decided this would be a good time to break for lunch and all the girls got together in the bar.
The rain was relentless and it was decided it would be too wet to continue so the rest of the festival was called off.
Regardless of the abrupt end, the girls had a great day and Hawick and Wilton Cricket Club promised to bring their girls junior section over to us in Galloway for a game in the near future.
Gatehouse Primary School will also be fielding a mixed quick cricket team into the national quick cricket competition, which starts at a regional competion in Dumfries at the Kingholm Ground on 25th May at 9.45am.
There may also be entries from Wigtown Primary and possibly another local primary in connection with Galloway Cricket club.
If you, your wife/husband, sons, daughters, aunties, uncles and the like are interested in playing, watching or getting involved in cricket in anyway, We at Galloway Cricket Club would love to hear from you.
Contact Mary on 07809226992. Kids training at the ground from 4.30 onwards on Wednesday evenings and womens training on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5.30pm onwards. Mens, ladies and junior Hard ball is on Fridays from 5.30 onwards.