b'THE ELLESMERIAN 130CricketGirls1st XI It was amazing to see Girls Cricket back after such a long break dueThe second round of the National Cup was then played to Covid-19. For many pupils, this is the highlight of their playingon12thMay against Shrewsbury School. Again, Ellesmere opted to career and the chance to represent your school at this level isbat first and were subjected to some ferocious bowling by the always something to treasure. Only two fixtures were able to beShrewsbury opening pair. An uncharacteristic batting collapse then played in the time allowed but they were both memorablefollowed, with Ellesmere slumping to 32 all out, not being able to occasions for very different reasons.complete the full 20 overs. Despite some courageous fielding, Shrewsbury were then able to chase down the total without loss to The first round of the National Cup was a twenty over matchknock Ellesmere out and progress to Round 3. against Moreton Hall on Friday 29thApril. Ellesmere had won theDespite this ignominious end to the season, all girls who took part toss and decided to open the batting. They soon began building arepresented their school magnificently and will take fond memories solid score of 35 without loss. However, a couple of quick wicketsof friendship and comradery with them. then fell and the middle order began to feel the pressure. Nevertheless, some sensible battingpushing singles instead ofCSDgoing for the big hitmeant that nerves were settled once more, which allowed Ellesmere to finish their innings on 135 for 2. Moreton Hall then began the chase, but some consistent bowling from Ellesmeres openers kept the run rate low. Moreton were keeping their wickets but not really keeping pace with the runs required. This meant that as the game ended, Moreton Hall could only manage a total of 122 for the loss of 1 wicket. Ellesmere had won the match and progressed to the next round.'