Millfield and Brighton youngsters take Lady Taverners National indoor cricket titles
Girls from across the UK travelled to Lord’s, the Home of Cricket, last week (8 & 9 May) to compete for both the under 13 and under 15 Lady Taverners National Indoor cricket titles, where Millfield Prep School (South West) and Brighton College (London & East) were crowned the 2012 National champions.
In this six over a-side tournament, six teams were competing for the under 13 National title but it was Millfield Prep School who came out on top after seeing off competition from Mount Grace School (East Midlands), Ysgol Gyfun Gwyr (Wales), Ponteland Middle School (North) and Oathall Community College (London & East) before edging a very close encounter by seven runs in the final against Abberley Hall School (West Midlands) to claim victory.
It was a very similar story the following day in the under 15 finals, where the final again went down to the wire. Six teams were chasing the under 15 national title but it was Brighton College who were eventually crowned champions. Brighton cruised through the group stages with comfortable victories against Hereford Cathedral School (West Midlands) and Ilkley Grammar School (North) before taking on The Becket School (East Midlands) and Ivybridge Community College (South & West) in the final group stage. Brighton beat The Beckett School by a comprehensive 67 run margin in their penultimate match, which allowed them to actually lose their final game against Ivybridge Community College yet still pick up the trophy.
The Lady Taverners has sponsored the ECB-run girls’ indoor and outdoor cricket competitions since 2003, giving 48,000 girls the opportunity to participate in cricket, many for the first time. The Lady Taverners competitions are the country’s only national girls’ cricket competitions, providing a vital pathway for the development of grassroots girls’ cricket.
Derrin Gill, Director of The Lady Taverners, commented, “The Lady Taverners is 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 for girls all across the country. Year on year we have had an increased number of participants and the standard keeps getting better. Congratulations to Millfield Prep School and Brighton College on winning the competitions and we look forward to seeing them try and defend their title next year!”