Fourteen year-old Laura Tonks this week became the first girl to achieve Lord’s Taverners Centurion status, having hit 116 not out for Burton Latimer Town Cricket Club against Charlbury Ladies. The accolade is awarded to all under-18’s who are successful in breaking the 100-run barrier in an organised cricket match.
Rachael Heyhoe Flint, former England Women’s Cricket Captain and President of The Lady Taverners, presented Laura with her Centurions Award at Burton Latimer Town Cricket Club, Northamptonshire on Thursday 2 July.
The Centurions Award was launched by The Lord’s Taverners to recognise the achievement of boys and girls under 18 scoring their first century. The award is is endorsed by the ten living batsmen to have scored one hundred first-class centuries (Zaheer Abbas, Dennis Amiss, Geoffrey Boycott, John Edrich, Graham Gooch, Tom Graveney, Graeme Hick, Mark Ramprakash, Sir Vivian Richards and Glenn Turner) and is being backed by England opening batsmen Andrew Strauss and Alastair Cook.
After presenting Laura with her Centurions Award, Rachael presented certificates to the Burton Latimer Town CC girls team who recently won the regional heat of The Lady Taverners Under 13 Outdoor Cricket Competition, and helped officially open the Club’s new cricket pitch.