Ormskirk School Win Second National Title
On Wednesday 14th August Ormskirk Schools Under 13 girls cricket team took a break from their summer holidays to compete in Cricket Foundation's Chance to Compete National Final.
The match was played at Wormsley Cricket Ground after England Women had been held to a draw by Australia on the final day of the Women's Ashes Test Match. Opponents were South Dartmoor Community College from Devon.
Two million children are playing cricket thanks to the Chance to Shine schools' cricket campaign. Ormskirk School have benefited by having regular coaching from West Lancashire Cricket Development Coordinator, James Cutt.
"James has been a massive driving force in developing girls cricket in West Lancashire. All his work in Primary Schools means the girls come to secondary school with a real enthusiasm for the sport and he continues to develop the girls skills through regular coaching sessions and curriculum support." said Laura Goff, PE Teacher of Ormskirk School.
The final itself was a competitive affair on a good but slightly damp wicket. Ormskirk prevailed in a best of three series, after winning a nail biting final game by three runs to win the competition 2-1.
The England Women’s Captain Charlotte Edwards and the England team watched on and Charlotte and team member Danielle Wyatt took over the microphone to commentate on the action.
Talking about the final Charlotte said: “I was really impressed by the standard of cricket. Both teams gave a great account for themselves and it was good to see the game played in the right spirit. I hope I’ve just seen some future stars!”
Laura Goff added: “The girls are incredible, I'm not sure how they managed to hold their nerve, after a very convincing win in the first game to then narrowly losing the second by two runs and then in the third and final game hold on to a marginal lead, winning by three runs! Credit must go to the opposition South Dartmoor School, their players fought to the end and showed great spirit and sportsmanship.”
Chance to Compete is a national secondary school competition aimed at giving school children an opportunity to play competitive cricket. Matches are played in under an hour and all participants play a significant part in the game. This year there was an under 13 girls’ tournament for the first time and the final was played on the same wicket as the Ashes Test after play finished on the fourth day.
The LCB would like to congratulate Ormskirk School Under 13 girls cricket team for doing the double by winning the National Lady Taverner's Indoor Schools Competition at Lord's earlier this year and following that up with this Chance to Compete National Title.