Newport Girls Celebrate Lady Taverners Double
Newport celebrated a double success this week as their Under 13 and Under 15 sides won their respective Lady Taverners T20 competitions at Leamington Cricket Club.
Girls from across the country competed before eight teams headed to Leamington for the finals days on 5th and 6th August.
Since 2003, more than 110,000 girls have participated in indoor and outdoor competitions with 6,000 taking part last year.
The Lady Taverners National T20
The Lord’s Taverners, the UK’s number one recreational cricket charity run the notable Lady Taverners Cricket Competitions alongside the ECB which are currently the UK's only national girls-only cricket tournaments.
The competitions provide a framework to play at both an informal and more competitive level, with a clear progression pathway to local clubs and development programmes.
Many of the current England women’s squad members have developed through this route by participating in the distinguished Lady Taverners national competitions including current internationals Heather Knight, Anya Shrubsole and Sarah Taylor.
Newport won the Under 13s final on Tuesday, beating Ealing in the final, who they dismissed for just 20 after posting a score of 107.
To get to the final, they beat Narborough & Littlethorpe, while Ealing had beaten Wolverhampton. Narborough & Littlethorpe finished third when they beat Wolverhampton.
"We’ve had a great day at Leamington CC; the competition was really well organised and we’ve had some tough matches to get to finals day," Newport captain Jess Thornton said.
"The Lady Taverners is doing a great job in promoting girls cricket, and to win the U13 National Finals two years in succession has been an amazing achievement for Newport Cricket Club.
"We would like to thank everyone who has been involved in the organisation of the competition and we have thoroughly enjoyed ourselves."
Next day, the Under 15s took centre stage and Newport emerged victorious after beating Ansty.
Newport scored 145 for one before dismissing Ansty for just 28.
The semi-finals had been closer, with Ansty and Wrenthorpe tying before Ansty won through having faced fewer balls while Newport comfortably beat Walmley.
Wrenthorpe won the third/fourth play-off against Walmley.
"A fantastic day which we all thoroughly enjoyed," Newport captain Rose Evans said.
"We were runners-up last year and it is such a great feeling to be the champions this year.
"Winning the U13 cup yesterday was great and it was brilliant to do the U13 and U15 double.
"We would like to thank the Lady Taverners for their outstanding support for girls’ cricket," she added.
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