King’s U15 Girls’ Cricket Team successfully progressed into the regional finals of the U15 Lady Taverners Competition, having gone into the tournament unbeaten.
In the first round, the team played exceedingly well, progressing into the County Round with ease.
The team then competed in the County Finals at Worcester Arena, where they had a chance of going to Edgbaston for the regionals if they won. After winning their group in the previous round, the girls were feeling good about their standard and really wanted to win. And win is what they did! After a great performance against South Bromsgrove High School, winning by about 90 runs, they faced RGS, which was sure to be their hardest challenge yet. But the girls rose to the challenge and ended up beating them by 37 runs.
Next King’s faced Christopher Whitehead in their final game of round-robin games. After a superb final two overs by Bryony G and Martha B, the girls were in a strong position. Then the batting excellence was backed up by amazing bowling and we won again! After topping the group, the girls had to face RGS again in the final. Having posted 108 runs, which in coincidence is what King’s scored the first time against them, the game went down to the final over. King’s managed to hold their own and won by 16 runs, with RGS getting 92. It was fantastic to see all the girls playing with such enjoyment, and to witness their excitement as they succeeded in moving through to the next round.
On Monday, the U15 girls travelled to Edgbaston Indoor Cricket Centre for the regional finals. Unbeaten so far in the competition, the girls had high hopes for what they could achieve. In the first group game King’s faced St Helen & St Katherine, a school from Oxford, where they won the toss and elected to bat. Off to a strong start, Bryony G retired on the maximum of 15 runs, with Grace JVV, Frankie B and Fen proceeding to bat well. With the team all out, Bryony came back in to bat as the last man standing, setting a good score to defend. All of the team bowled, with Tilly C and Grace JVV putting in great performances. Having bowled out the opposition, King’s won comfortably.
The second group game was against Denstone College. Two of our batters retired for 15 runs, with King’s once again posting a good score. With their first bowl, King’s bowled out Denstone’s best player and were able to limit their other good player, eventually stumping her out to win the game.
Having won both of their group games, King’s progressed to the semi-finals, where they played Edgbaston High School for Girls. Batting first, King’s lost loads of early wickets and struggled to gain runs. Posting a low score to defend, King’s knew their fielding was going to have to be tight and executed well. With excellent bowling in the penultimate over from Fen, the result went down to the last over, where the girls were defending 12 runs off of 6 balls. Unfortunately, King’s lost the game but it was fantastic to see the girls stay in the fight and force the result into the last over.
Overall, it was a fantastic run from the team with some impressive performances across the rounds, narrowly missing out on progressing to the National Finals held at Lord’s.
Last Thursday, the girls also won their first round of the U15 T20 Schools Cup, with a dominating performance against Malvern College. Having got Malvern out for 100, King’s produced an excellent batting innings, achieving 102 runs for 2 off of 12.4, winning the game by 8 wickets.
On Saturday, Tilly C also achieved 50 runs not out against a strong Monmouth and Haberdashers’ side.
Congratulations to all the girls on their successes so far this season; we hope to see many more as the season continues.
We wish the best of luck to the team in the next round of the U15 T20 National Schools Cup.