The Parkes High School Girls Open Cricket team have advanced to the top four teams in the Marie Cornish Combined High School Knock-Out competition.
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Monday saw the team, who are Western champions, take on Hay War Memorial High School, the Riverina champions.
After rained drenched turf pitches over the weekend the game was moved to Keast Park in Parkes to utilise a synthetic pitch so the game could go ahead.
The game results were:
Parkes High 10/65 in 20.5 overs (Abigail Simpson 24, Maddy Spence 4, Jordan Moody 4, Gracie Jones 3, Charlie Masters 4/18 off 5 overs, Gemma Tassell 3/10 off 4.5 overs) defeated Hay High 10/52 in 23.4 overs (Gemma Tassell 28, Holly Duncan 4/13 off 6 overs, Maddy Spence 3/11 off 6.4 overs, Abigail Simpson 2/9 off 5 overs, Marites Woods 1/17 off 5 overs).
Parkes won by 13 runs.
Hay won the toss and sent Parkes into bat, with the game starting with a bit of rain.
Parkes did not get off to a good start with the opening bowlers snaring the wickets of Maddy Spence (4) and Tess Woods in the second over, and then Holly McColl and Holly Duncan in the fifth over.
The ever-reliable Abigail Simpson stayed strong to get 24 runs (with 2 fours) with the help of Jordan Moody (4) and Gracie Jones (3).
Parkes High ended up with 65 runs, but went out very determined to bowl and field well to restrict runs for Hay High.
Maddy Spence (3/11) and Holly Duncan (4/13) opened the bowling and did a great job to have taken five wickets for just 23 runs off the first 10 overs.
Abigail Simpson (2/9) and Marites Woods (1/17) then had their bowling stints to keep Hay 8/50 off 20 overs before Maddy came back in to take the final two wickets.
All girls did a wonderful job in the field with some wonderful catches - Julia Dunn (1), Holly Duncan (1), Abigail Simpson (1) and Marites Woods (2), while Jordan Moody did a fantastic job as wicket keeper where she also took a great catch.
Special mention goes to Holly McColl, Gracie Jones, Jolie Norman, Olivia Thompson and Teagan Smede who all fielded brilliantly to stop Hay from getting runs easily.
A huge thank you to Harry Bayliss and Harrison McGregor for umpiring the game - they did a fabulous job.
The Parkes High team now moves on to play in the finals of the Marie Cornish Shield which will be played over two days in Bathurst on March 24 and 25.
Coach/manager Kieran Duncan is very proud of all girls who have participated and very excited that the girls have made it this far.
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