Oxfordshire and Sussex girls share national cricket titles
The Lady Taverners girls’ hardball Twenty20 competitions concluded at Campbell Park in Milton Keynes today (Tuesday 21 August), where Banbury CC from Oxfordshire (U13) and Bells Yew Green CC from Sussex (U15) were crowned 2012 national champions.
Following some highly competitive cricket over the past few months, Banbury and Alberbury (Shropshire) emerged as the two strongest teams in the under 13 competition. However, it was Banbury who were crowned national champions after chasing down a victory target of 67 in the final to cruise to a convincing 9-wicket win.
Banbury U13 captain, Charlotte Boland, said: “Well done to the team. Everyone played their part and we could not have won without the whole team.”
The under 15 final was contested by Freeland (Oxfordshire) and Bells Yew Green, after their semi-final successes against Willington and Horsham respectively. However, Bells Yew Green proved strong for Freeland in the final as they sealed a tense 9-run win to claim the under 15 national title.
Bells Yew Green U15 captain, Sarah Martins, said: “The team played really well today, it was a brilliant game and Freeland gave a really good performance but we did just enough to win. Well done to everyone!”
The Lady Taverners have supported girls’ cricket since 2003 and have given over 60,000 girls across the country the opportunity to enjoy the sport, many for the first time. Each year over 7,000 girls participate in Lady Taverners girls’ cricket competitions, which are the UK’s only national girls’ cricket competitions and provide a vital pathway for the development of grassroots girls’ cricket.
The Lady Taverners competitions help bring girls’ cricket into schools and support the development of girls-only sections in cricket clubs across the country. Current England internationals, Holly Colvin (Sussex) and Anya Shrubsole (Somerset), are just two of the players to have progressed through the competitions over the last 10 years.
Derrin Gill, Director of The Lady Taverners, commented, “The Lady Taverners are all about giving young people a sporting chance. Many girls don’t get the chance to play competitive cricket so we are delighted to be able to provide opportunities like this across the country. Year on year we have had an increased number of participants and the standard keeps getting better. Congratulations to Banbury CC and Bells Yew Green CC on winning the National titles and I look forward to seeing the girls defend their title again next year.”