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GIRLS CRICKET: Oathall Community College U13 and Oakmeeds Community College U15 win Lady Taverners Finals

Above: Oakmeeds U15 Lady Taverners Indoor Champions. Below: Oathall U13 Lady Taverners Indoor Champions

31-Mar-2015



Over the last couple of months the Lady Taverners under 13 and under 15 school Indoor competition has been running with nearly 600 girls taking part during this time.
There have been sixteen tournaments being run over local areas in Sussex, with the winner of each tournament going through to the semi finals. The semi finals took place last week with the top two teams from each round going through to the County finals.

On Tuesday the under 13s had their County final which involved Bedes Prep, Oathall Community College, Sir Robert Woodard Academy and Warden Park. There were some high scoring matches throughout the day, including some close games as well. But it was down to the final game to determine the winner of the Lady Taverners U13 County final between Oathall Community College and Sir Robert Woodard Academy. 

Oathall had won two matches already and just needed to win this final game to be crowned champions, but Sir Robert Woodard Academy won one game and lost another so really needed to win this game to be in with a chance of going through to the regionals. Sir Robert Woodard Academy batted first and scored 108 runs. Oathall were on course with the run rate, but with some tight bowling from Sir Robert Woodard Academy, they bowled Oathall out for 106 in the last over.
This meant that Oathall and Sir Robert Woodard were level on points, having both won two games each, so it went down to which teamed scored the most runs overall, which ended up being Oathall with 309 to Sir Robert Woodards 282. Oathall Community College were crowned under 13 Lady Taverners County Champions, with Sir Robert Woodard Academy 2nd, Bede’s 3rd and Warden Park 4th.

On Thursday the under 15s had their County final which again involved Bedes, Brighton College, Hurstpierpoint College and Oakmeeds Community College.
The first match between Brighton College and Hurstpierpoint College resulted in a draw after both teams scored 82 runs. Bedes then played Oakmeeds and won by 20 runs.
Hurstpierpoint College then came back from their drawn to bowl Bedes out for just 54 and then score 89, while Oakmeeds scored an impressive 91 against Brighton College who could only reach 87 runs.

Bedes came back strong and put themselves still in contention to reach the regional finals after winning against Brighton College by 23 runs. All they needed now was for Oakmeeds to win against Hurstpierpoint College and for them not to score more than 72 runs.
Oakmeeds batted first and it was really a winner takes all in the final game against Hurstpierpoint College. Oakmeeds running between the wickets was quick and they managed to put a score on the board of 97 which meant they were ahead on runs with Bedes and just needed to win the game. Hurstpierpoint College were keeping up with the run rate but with two overs to go lost wickets and finished on 88.

With Oakmeeds and Bedes level on points, there were just 25 runs in it to determine the Lady Taverners U15 County winners, who were Oakmeeds Community College.
Oathall Community College and Oakmeeds Community College will now progress to the Regional Final which will be held in Buckinghamshire on the 20th and 21st April against other schools in the London & East Region.

Sussex Women & Girls Development Officer, Charlotte Burton said, “The numbers have increased again this year with entries which is great and it is also good to see new schools entering in both age groups. The standard of cricket has increased considerably within the schools which has resulted in some very exciting games. To have nearly 600 girls taking part in cricket just at school level over the last two months is fantastic and hopefully many will now continue to play by joining the local girls clubs.”

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