Round 2 of the U14 Yorkshire Cup saw history being made by Hill House cricketers in their derby match with Hungerhill School, played at Barnby Dun Cricket Club.
Having won the toss, Hill House School’s Captain, Rocco Cook, elected to bat first. Opener Hamza Rashid was dismissed first ball, which brought together Cook and Niamh Doody, the school’s leading girl cricketer. After negotiating some fine bowling by Max Garbutt and Ben Taylor, batsman and batswoman found their rhythm, with Doody’s elegant strokeplay and Cook’s fierce striking being a perfect combination, along with some excellent running between wickets. After posting the school’s first ever century partnership by a boy and a girl, the pair went on to amass 164 runs unbeaten for the 2nd wicket, a school record at any age by either gender.
After the Doncaster school posted their total of 164 for 1, Hungerhill’s batsmen went about their business well with Taylor particularly impressive, but when he was bowled by Henry Holland in a triple wicket maiden, Hill House’s victory was assured, winning by 91 runs.
Doody’s 52 runs was the highest innings of her cricket career so far, which has seen her captain Hill House’s U14 girls’ team in their first ever fixture, and represent Nottinghamshire. Head of Girls’ Games Katie Barnes said ‘it is great to see Niamh has become a key player in a strong team; I expect see another couple of girls move from the girls’ team in the near future!’ Niamh said ‘it is great to be playing with the boys’ team and showing that girls can be very successful at cricket too. To set a new school record is brilliant!’