Line Up For Lady Taverners Outdoor Finals Decided
The regional finals of the Lady Taverners Outdoor Competition took place over two weekends due to the bad weather that swept across across the UK at the start of July but the finallists for the National Finals in both the Under 13s and Under 15s were eventually determined by a mix of bowl outs and full games.
In the South West, the U15 winners were Plympton CC with Chesham CC the runners-up while Aston Rowant took honours in the U13 competition and Thornbury CC finished second.
The U15 girls from Pool CC won the U15 competition in the North with Durham Sapphires hard on their heels and in U13s, Beverley CC edged ahead of South Northumberland CC in an indoor tournament held at Sheffield United Indoor School.
In the London and East regions, pressure on the indoor sports facilities due to the bad weather meant the tournament was reduced to a bowl out at March Town in Cambridgeshire and it was Harold Wood CC who took honours in the Under 15s competition to reach the National Finals for the fourth consecutive season with a tally of nine strikes. Redoubtables CC were runners up.
Nonington CC were best of the U13s with Headstone Manor in second place. In the Midlands, the action again moved indoors to the Belper Leisure Centre where Meir Heath CC emerged winners in the U15s and Wellingborough Town runners up though their Under 13 girls triumphed at that age group to become Midlands Champions with Astwood Bank runners up.
The girls beat teams from Staffs, Warks and Worcs en route to winning the regional finals. As a team the girls performed well on the day but notable performances were by Siobhan Smith (25 not out) and Grace Oliver (24 not out) in winning a vital pool match which secured their place in the National Finals.
Fred Rumsey, ex-England and Derbyshire player, now working with the Lord Taveners presented Wellingborough with their trophy. Wellingborough now go onto the National Outdoor finals to go along with their title of National Indoor Champions at Under 13 level.