Ladies cricket at Preston Avenue enjoyed a special event last Thursday when skipper Rachael Gillot and her team entertained a touring side from Manchester University.
The enthusiastic students arrived on a day that looked like being a washout, however, the sun came out just in time for the start of the game which proved to be both close and interesting.
Tynemouth batted first and reached 91-6 from the 16 overs. The university side then kept up with the rate without losing a wicket and reached the total with only six balls left.
Team manager Tony Burns said: “This fixture and the discussions in the pavilion which then followed matched any such touring side event.”
Tynemouth ladies’ season had started with a home game against Newcastle. Tynemouth won the toss and batted.
Rachael Gillot (51) and Ellen Binns (26) opened the batting both retiring not out in a total of 126 for 2.
Newcastle was bowled out for 24 with Rhiannon Roberts taking 3 for 6 of her three overs.
Exams took their toll for the ladies’ second game v Corbridge which Tynemouth had to concede because they could unfortunately only muster four players.
Stocksfield First Team were the next visitors. Having been put in to bat they scored 182-1 off 20 overs with Nicola Hawes scoring 107 not out. Tynemouth replied with 93 for 3 Ellen Binns with 43 not out and Rachael Gillot 24 getting the bulk of the runs.
Next came Hexham Leazes and Tynemouth again won the toss and batted this time 73 not out from Rachael and 40 from Ellen saw the side through to 137-1 off the 16 overs.
Hexham could only manage 67-4 from their allotment with Rhianna Telfer’s 2 for 17 from three overs the pick of the bowling.
So far the ladies have had a good season on balance and the visit from Manchester certainly added some spice as can be seen from the photograph of all who played on Thursday.
Tynemouth’s skipper Rachel Gillot should be singled out for her enthusiasm and skill. She is an inspiration to the rest of the squad. Consistent performances from her (148 runs from three innings, with twice being not out) and Ellen Binns (109 runs from three innings again two not out) have seen them into the senior county team with Rachael opening the batting in the two games so far. Rhiannon Roberts is also in the squad, all three of the girls are only 17.
The Manchester game was the debut for Tynemouth by Marion Peters meaning Tynemouth now have three girls in the Under 15 county side as well; Rhianna Telfer and Rachael Douse being the other two. The squad will move into the rest of the season confident that they can perform against any of the sides and hope for a good position in the league come the end of the season.