The inaugural Womens U19 ARCH Trophy has concluded in UAE with MCC unsurprisingly winning in the final against Sussex, but only by 18 runs.
Sussex managed to contain the all-England U19 MCC batting line-up, with all their bowlers bowling tight lines. After 40 overs MCC had scored just 150/6 and Sussex must have felt they were in with a shout. Five of the Sussex bowlers picked up a wicket a piece, with the other being a run-out.
In reply Sussex were hampered by the fact that Georgia Adams was carrying a hand injury and had to drop down the order, but make-shift opener Sophie Parnell blasted out of the traps with four quick boundaries, but fell soon after. Sussex proceeded to lose a succession of wickets and at 40/5 they were in deep trouble. Carla Rudd (41) and Izi Noakes (35) brought Sussex back into the game with a stand of 48, but Noakes, Adams and Silk went in quick succession to leave Sussex at 106/8 with just over 7 overs to go. Freya Davies (13no) proved a perfect foil for Rudd and they took Sussex to within 22 runs of victory, but when Rudd was out with just under four overs to go, the game was up and Sussex fell agonisingly short on 132 all out.
In the 3rd/4th play off game Devon looked to be cruising to victory over Wales. Devon scored an impressive 185/4 with Amara Carr top scoring with 70 for the south west side. Wales were struggling on 21/4, but thanks to Ellie Hopkins (70no) they managed some respectablility as they finished on 147/8. Lydia Harris took 3/14 and Rebecca Bertrand 3/19.
Lancashire claimed 5th spot with a decisive victory over Essex. They bowled out the south east side for just 101 with only Bryony Butcher (43) putting up much resistance. Sophie McArdle claimed 4/22 and Bhumika Doshi 3/26.
On Friday Scotland claimed 7th spot by beating Durham by 9 wickets, having bowled them out for just 57. Lois Wilkinson (4/13) and Sam Haggo (3/14) did the damage with the ball.