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St Bede’s reach National Lady Taverners Indoor Tournament Final at Lord’s

 

St Bede’s school have reached the national final of the Lady Taverners under 15 tournament after winning the County and Regional finals.

They will now compete in the National final at Lord’s on Thursday 12th May where they will play schools, from other areas in the Country.

[St. Bede's U-15 team]

The Lady Taverners Indoor competition has been running for over 5 years and in the past, schools from Sussex have had success in this competition at both under 13 and 15, with Helenswood winning the National final in 2008.

Sussex ran the competition during January and February and again the number of schools taking part has increased, with 20 schools competing in the under 13s and 17 schools at under 15s. There were a number of rounds and then a final where St Bede’s beat Brighton College, Moira House, Oathall Community College and Bishop Luffa to reach the Regional final at Hertfordshire.

At the regional final St Bede’s won all three of the group games, they won by 54 runs against Rosebury school from Hertfordshire, they then won against Hitchin school from Essex by 44 runs before finishing their last match with a win of 48 runs against Godolphin & Latymer School from London.

Their final match was a final against Kent school Tonbridge Grammar School, who reached the National final last year. The game was extremely close and it went down to a last ball cliff hanger, but St Bede’s edged home and won by 1 wicket.

St Bede’s now go through to the National final which will be held at the “home of Cricket”, Lords next Thursday where they will look to continue their winning streak and come back to Sussex as National under 15 Lady Taverners Champions.

Sussex Women & Girls’ Community Coach, Charlotte Burton said, “It is a great achievement for St Bede’s to reach the National Lady Taverners final they have a very strong team and I believe could go on and win the competition. The Lady Taverners is a fantastic competition and gives the opportunity for girls to play more competitive cricket at schools. Again this year we have seen an increased number of schools taking part in the competition, in particular from state schools, also the standard has increased considerably from all schools taking part, which shows how women & girls cricket has progressed in the last 5 years”.