Bucks Women & Girls 2017 Season Reviews

An overview of team and individual highlights of the 2017 through the pathway from the U11s to the Women's teams, in both County and Development squads. All W&G teams were kindly sponsored by Alpha FMC for the 2017 season.

U11 Girls County 2017

A really encouraging year with many more players contributing to great team efforts. Stand out individual performances was 47 not out by Amber Drewe   and massive improvement of Gabby Evans to finish the season top wicket taker with 9 wickets. There were many great team displays which included winning our U11 8 aside tournament and great winning performances in our 1st 4 games on tour beating Essex, Sussex, Northants and Staffordshire. This included managing to restrict Northants to scoring only 12 runs off their last 7 overs to win by 2 runs. There were also memorable wins against Middlesex, Oxford and Berkshire. 

U11 Girls Development

Although a very young side, they equipped themselves very well, quickly gelling as a team. Caitlin Walker and Sophia Davis leading by great example with both the bat and ball. The team showed Bucks' great strength in depth by having competitive games against Essex and Hampshire whilst beating the county teams from both Northants and Oxford. Many of the younger players are now likely to form the backbone of 2018 U11 County squad.

U13 County

The U13 County team finished 2nd in their ECB Midlands Group A, completing the double over Berkshire and Oxfordshire. They recorded a hugely impressive 106 runs victory over Warwickshire, in which Isobel O'Kelly made 65* and Hannah Davis 51* before Maisie Taylor and Gabi Palmer took 3 wickets apiece. Bethan Miles made two fifties in the season and stepped up with a 39 for the U15s and 27* for the U17s later in the year. Amelia Peck made 64 against Oxfordshire in a game where only two other players got into double figures. Maisie Taylor took 14 wickets for the season, backed up by 10 each from Flora Mason and Tilly Crampsie but the it was a team bowling effort with every player capable of coming on and making a vital contribution during a very successful year for the girls.

U13 Development

The best performance as a team was, having lost to Essex by just 5 runs on the 1st day at Malvern, they beat the same team by 18 runs on the final day. They grew into the tour and as a team they all performed in this match. Individual highlights included Isabella Kench holding her nerve vs Hants and bowling a double wicket maiden to tie the match. Rosie Burton-Pye hit a run a ball 36 vs Herts and Daisy Jackson took 2-4 off 3 overs vs Essex. 

U15s County

The highlights of the U15s season were undoubtedly recording victories against a strong Warwickshire team in both 40 over and 20 over ECB fixtures. Hannah Bates 51 and 2/12 were instrumental in the 40 over win, which began a fine individual season in which we made over 650 runs and took 45 wickets across U15s, U17s and Women’s teams.

Overall results fluctuated for the team in a strong A Division, but the overall progression of the group of players was clear to see. Ella Claridge made 660 runs from U15 to Women’s level, Alexa Wilson crashed 55* off 38 balls in an 8 wicket win over Oxfordshire and 8 players all recorded scores of over 20 in the season. Hannah Francis, Cara Duggan, Gina Kellock, Charlotte Adams and Hannah Bates all took over 10 wickets.

Under 17s

The highlight of the Under 17s season was an away winning double header vs Dorset on the first Saturday in July followed by a victory in Worcestershire the following day. 

Hannah Bates made 91 vs Hertfordshire at the start of the season, whilst Tilly Mason recorded 51 in a T20 vs Leicestershire. Younger girls made vital contributions to the U17s across the season, with 5 U15s and an U13 making scores over 20. Holly Wilson took 12 wickets and Hannah Bates 18, as the Under 17s showcased the strength and depth of girls cricketers Bucks have coming through.


The 2017 season was a progressive season for Bucks Women. We do not have many Women’s players but we have a talented young team, mostly age-group, that exceeded expectations with regards to results and all players improved. We have the youngest team in both 50 over and T20 divisions we play in, and beat teams with far more experience than us. In the 50 overs we had good wins against Cambs and Herts and finished 3rd in the group. In the T20 format, again we had good wins against Suffolk and Cambs and finished a respectable 4th in the group. The team is moving in the right direction with huge potential for success next season and thereafter.

There were some excellent performances this year. The batting of Hannah Bates, Ella Claridge and Izzy Gurney was impressive, and with the bowling, Martha Manktelow, Tilly Mason, Holly Wilson, Hannah Bates and Cara Duggan did very well. We are a good fielding side all round with Martha Manktelow and Emily Hunt particularly strong. The best player this year was Hannah Bates who made a significant contribution with both bat and ball. Opening the bowling she always took early wickets and scored consistent runs in the middle order. A special mention must go to the captain Louise Veroken-Jones for once again being a first-class captain, developing our young talent and for maintaining an excellent team spirit.

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