After leaving Edinburgh at the ungodly hour of 5:30am, the women’s first VI arrived in Durham ready to try and match the success of the Men’s 1VI, 2VI and 3VI at MES the previous day. Having lost the toss we were put into bat against a strong Leeds side. The game got off to a good start with great shot placement from opening batsmen Foulds and Farooq, scoring 12 from the first over. Foulds was then run out, bringing fresher Levenson to the crease. Things were looking good, with Levenson hitting the back wall once but then, attempting the same shot again, was caught. Sadly, things went downhill from here with Gole and Rainey both run out and Coke and Farooq bowled. Farooq topscored with 25, but with the low score of 71 all out, the pressure was on Edinburgh. However, despite our best efforts in the field, including 3 run outs from the Foulds-Levenson combination, Leeds managed to chase down their target in just over 8 overs.
A two hour break ensued where the Edinburgh girls discussed what we needed to do to improve our performance for the subsequent games, and although our heads were down we were able to pick ourselves up and get ready to fight back. After losing the toss again, this time against Sheffield, Edinburgh were put in to bat. Unfortunately, a few quick wickets left us 28-4 in the fourth over, with two bats succumbing to spectacular run outs. Conway and Rainey were at the crease looking to go steady and see out the rest of the overs. However, the desire to put enough runs on the board led to some risky decision-making and two run outs (by the same fielder) left us reeling at 49 all out. Sadly, lack of consistency with the ball meant that Sheffield were able to score the required runs in just 3.5 overs.
A very quick turnaround and we were into our third and final game of the day, eager to prove what we a capable of. Yet again, Rainey lost the toss (next time it’ll be heads) and Edinburgh were put into bat against Sheffield Hallam. This time Farooq and Conway opened. However, Farooq was bowled and Conway and Foulds run out leaving us 9-4 when Gole joined Levenson at the crease. Not long after Levenson was caught, and Rainey joined Gole in the middle looking to see us through. Some strong running from the two showed our intent with many 3s scored. In the last over, the girls were looking to hit hard and up the run rate. Unfortunately Rainey didn’t quite hit hard enough and was caught at mid-off for a respectable 25 and Gole was the last man standing, although not for long as she was caught with 2 balls of the innings remaining. We now had the task of defending our score of 86-6. Sadly, despite a solid team performance, our bowling lacked the necessary consistency once again and Sheffield Hallam were able to chase down their target in the 9th over.
After a very disappointing but enjoyable day in Durham, Edinburgh Ladies are looking to come back stronger in the next round of BUCS fixtures. We know what we want to work on and will be looking to secure wins against Durham, Newcastle and St Andrews on the 18th November.
Written by Hannah Rainey
Updated 13:36 - 18 Sep 2018 by Edinburgh Uni Cricket