John Green joined Seaford College as Headmaster in September 2013. One of his ambitions was to see girls’ cricket become a popular sport at Seaford. Last week saw the inaugural outing for a girls’ cricket team at Seaford College. Over a year in the making, the team of 10 girls from years 7 and 8 took to the cricket fields of Hurstpierpoint competing in an U14 8-a-side tournament against the likes of Bedes, Blatchington Mill, Hurst, Rydon and Downlands schools.
The girls hard work in training and key support from head of Prep school sport, Dom Barnes, over the last year put Seaford in great stead. Fast, accurate bowling from the Xenia Truman and Sophie Wall kept the opposition on their toes and took a stream of wickets throughout the day. This added to Zoe Lunt’s superb wicket keeping and sharp fielding and catching from Megan Bennett and Ellie Holt meant Seaford were a force to be reckoned with on the field.
Beating Blatchington Mill convincingly set Seaford up with a clash against Hurst A in the group final. Timing restrictions on the day limited the play to a 4 over affair which saw Seaford bat first, showing aggression with Sophie Wall and Loulou Robson smashing the Hurst attack to pieces. Unfortunately due to a combination of great batting from Hurst and a suspected scorer error (according to the travelling parental support) meant Seaford girls were pipped to the post on the second to last delivery of the Hurst Innings. Dan Joseph, Head of Cricket, said: “second place on their first ever outing, playing against girls up to two years older than them, not a bad day out of the office at all. This is just the start of something great for girls’ cricket, with the likes of our senior girls Tanya Wake (who plays with the Sussex women’s cricket team) and Holly Boarer leading the line, who knows what next year’s season has in store.”