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Last 16 girls cricket battle hots up

By Laura Taylor, May 18 2019 09:04AM

The last sixteen of the School Sport Magazine National Schools U15 Girls T20 Cricket Cup is beginning to take shape.

Six matches in one day proved the perfect setting in Surrey - and it was Reigate Grammar who emerged triumphant after three wins out of three in an exciting round-robin competition.

Millie Hetherington’s smashed 72 off just 29 balls against St George’s College Weybridge in a 74 run victory while Reigate also overcame Winchester’s St Swithun’s School by 90 runs.

But it was Emily Burke’s unbeaten 54 off 21 balls that proved the difference in their decider against neighbours Kingston Grammar, who themselves had won two matches.

Imogen Sidhu proved the star of the show in Suffolk as her 67 not out helped Farlingaye High School overcome Framlingham College by six wickets while her unbeaten half century saw off Woodbridge School by 50 runs.

Elsewhere, in an all-Somerset battle, Niamh Holland hit an unbeaten 67 and took three wickets to help Wellington School overcome Castle School.

Castle posted a more than respectable 153 in their 20 overs but Niamh’s batting led Wellington to a six wicket victory with seven balls remaining.

Meanwhile in the south-east, King’s School Canterbury overcame St Lawrence College by eight wickets after their Kent opponents were bowled out for 79.

And in Shropshire, the group stage will do down to a decider between Moreton Hall School and Shrewsbury School after both sides recorded two victories over Ellesmere College and Shrewsbury High School.