Frenchay on fire as Flames win inaugural Girls Blast

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nchay Flames were crowned champions of the inaugural Jelf Insurance Under 15 Girls Blast after winning all three of their matches on finals day.

The Flames beat fellow finalists Corse and Staunton, Dumbleton and Charlton Kings to take the title on their home ground.

To view scorecards from the day please go to http://gcbwomenscomps.play-cricket.com/website/web_pages/159866 

The competition – which was played in coloured clothing, with pink balls and music – was set-up following the success of the boys’ Under 19 and Under 16 T20 tournaments. It used a nine-a-side, 16 overs-per-innings format where players had to retire at 35.

And it proved a real hit as more clubs took part in the revamped competition compared to previous years. In total 11 clubs and 95 players took part.

The tournament was initially split into four groups of three, with all the teams playing on the same days at local festivals.

The winner of each group went through to the finals day at Frenchay.

First up for the Flames was Dumbleton who made 107-3 thanks to 35 from Ellie Fleck. Natasha Pinder (3-9) took all three wickets to fall. Frenchay chased down their total for the loss of just one wicket as Georgina Hunt & Molly Bliss both reached 35.

Hunt repeated that feat in the next match v Corse and Staunton. Ellen Harris also made 37 as the Flames set a total of 120-2. In reply Corse and Staunton were bowled out for 47 as Lily Knox, Isobel Patel and Sarah Walsh picked up two wickets each.

In the final match of the day Frenchay made 100-4 v Charlton Kings as Hunt again made 35. Harriett Sanderson made 30 in reply but Charlton Kings fell 19 runs short.

Tournament organiser Scott Tremain said:

“Our aim was to get more girls playing club cricket and the new format proved really successful in achieving this with 11 teams taking part compared to just four in the County League in 2016.

“The festival format also gave the competition a really positive atmosphere with clubs proving music and refreshments.

“We hope to see the competition continue to grow and go from strength-to-strength in the next few years.”

- Scott Tremain