Hazlegrove Prep and Richmond claim indoor titles
The first Lady Taverners girls’ cricket finals of 2014 took place at the Home of Cricket on 2 and 7 April where Hazlegrove Prep School (Somerset) and Richmond School (Yorkshire) won all of their matches at the U13 and U15 national finals respectively, to take home a national title.
In the U13 finals Hazlegrove produced excellent batting performances to ensure they managed an impressive 463-run aggregate from their four matches, but bowling and fielding was also key with the team taking all 32 wickets in their league.
The opposition, Godolphin & Latymer (Middlesex), Horizon Community College (Yorkshire), Packwood Haugh (Shropshire) and St Ivo School (Huntingdonshire), entering as regional champions, put up a valiant effort on the day and can be very proud of finishing as one of the top five U13 sides in the country.
U15 champions Richmond were also undefeated on the day but had great opposition in South Dartmoor Academy (Devon) and Oathall College (Sussex), who finished second and third respectively.
The other two finalists were Shropshire's Ellesmere College and Thomas Gainsborough of Suffolk, who both scored over 300 runs on the day – an achievement that epitomised the spirit and type of cricket on display during the entire tournament.
This year was the 11th time that the competition has been funded by the Lady Taverners and 2014 boasted an increase of 15 per cent for entries across the Under-15 age group in England and Wales, with over 1,400 school teams taking part in the competition.