On Saturday 12th June the cricketers of Mayfield girls’ School were delighted to welcome the MCC for the first time in their history.
The students, ranging in age from 11 to 18, played two T20 fixtures against a women's representative side from the MCC, the home of cricket.
On a beautiful day, the MCC won the toss and elected to bat, putting 109 runs on the board for their 20 overs.
Mayfield started the chase well with Dii Dii scoring 25 runs before retiring hurt. However, it wasn't to be for Mayfield and they ended their 20 overs just 23 runs short of their target.
Following tea, the MCC won the toss again and chose to bat first again.
This time they pushed the run rate and ended on 135, despite an early breakthrough from Mayfield, with Tilly making an outstanding reaction catch.
With a higher score to chase than the first game the girls batted fiercely; Lizzie top scored with 42 runs, but the girls once again came up shy of their run target.
Lizzie, one of Mayfield's captains, said, "It was so exciting to play against an MCC side which contained players with so much experience. It was a great occasion and one that I will never forget."
Lizzie has been playing cricket at Mayfield since joining the School in Year 7 and now represents Sussex in her age group and plays in one of the Mayfield village men’s cricket teams.
Emily Starr, Mayfield’s Head of Cricket, said: "Cricket was introduced as a major sport just four years ago and in that time we have established a comprehensive programme and now have several girls in their respective age group County squads.
"We have been recognised by The Cricketer magazine as one of the country's top 20 all girls schools for cricket, so we were delighted to be selected to play the MCC. It's a huge honour, and we're keen to play our part in championing women's cricket. Both games were played in the spirit of cricket and huge thanks go to MCC for affording us this opportunity."