Defeat in the U19 Women’s World Cup - But Hope for the Future
They may not have won the final, but the England Women’s Under 19 side certainly made us all proud in South Africa.
India’s U19s were just too strong, bowling out England for just 68 in seventeen overs. The quality of their bowling attack is evident in their figures with each bowler taking at least one wicket. Most notable was opening bowler Titas Sadhu who took a phenomenal 2-6 in her four overs - an economy of just 1.50. Those figures are remarkable any day of the week, but to bowl like that in a World Cup final is truly special. England looked defenseless against the onslaught and struggled to get off the square.
England’s Ryana MacDonald-Gay managed to put up a bit of a fight at number five but she too fell after only twenty-four balls at the crease.
When it came to India’s innings, they got off to a quick start, hitting 16 runs off the first two overs. A ray of hope appeared for England when Hannah Baker bowled the dangerous looking Verma with Captain Grace Scrivens bowling Shweta Sehrawat an over later, but Soumya Tiwari and Gongadi Trisha’s steady batting steer India home to a very comfortable victory in just fourteen overs.
Whilst audiences around the world had hoped to see a more thrilling final match, the tournament in general has been a triumph. The quality of U19 cricket on display has been wonderful to see. For many of the players, this would have been their first major tournament yet each and every team has done themselves proud.
A special mention for Grace Scrivens for being awarded the Player of the Tournament. Not only did she both bat and bowl to an outstanding level, she also led her England side exceptionally well - a senior England captain for the future perhaps? Although her side couldn’t quite make it to the finish line, the team proved their ability tenfold and many hope to see them make their senior side debuts soon.
Another special mention to Davina Perrin who played a vital role in securing England’s place in the final. A huge well done from everyone at 777 Cricket.
Congratulations England on your tournament and we look forward to seeing you shine in the future!
Written By Sophie Utteridge