Ormskirk Girls Win U13s Lady Taverners
Congratulations to Ormskirk High School’s Girls cricket team for winning the Lancashire County Finals of the Lady Taveners U13s Indoor 8-a-side Competition.
Ormskirk High, were unbeatable throughout the day and also completed this task under the watchful eyes of 3 current England Women players.
Jenny Gunn, Lydia Greenway and Danni Hazell were guest of honour at this year's competition passing on their knowledge to some of the County's up and coming young girls cricketers.
6 schools qualified from 6 local competitions from around the county. This six finalists were: Rainford High (St Helens), Balshaws High (Leyland), St Antony's High (Trafford), Lostock High (Leyland), Woodhey High (Bury) and Ormskirk High (Ormskirk).
In Round 1, Ormskirk and Balshaws got off to a winning start at the expense of Rainford High and Woodhey High.
Round 2, Lostock High overcame St Antony's High and Woodhey High got back on track with a win over the fancied Balshaws High.
Round 3 saw Ormskirk High march on with a win over Lostock High and St Antony's High picked up their first win of the tournament over Rainford High.
Round 4, Woodhey High were victorious against Lostock High and in the other game, Balshaws High and St Antony's played out a thriller with Balshaws eventually winning the game thanks to Olivia Wilkes (Tilley). Tilley took 6 wickets in the match, 5 of which came within the last over including a hatrick. She also retired whilst batting for scoring highly!! A fantastic individual performance with bat and ball.
Round 5, Ormskirk High bowled out Rainford for 15 runs and then went on to amass 92 for the loss of 5 wickets. Balshaws High were involved in a local derby game against Lostock High where at the end of the final over the scores were level, however Balshaws were awarded the points due to losing less wickets in the game. Tilley once again retiring for scoring highly.
Round 6 went according to the current form book as Ormskirk High and Woodhey High beat Rainford High and St Antony’s High respectively.
Round 7, Lostock High had an emphatic win over Rainford High while Ormskirk High’s Fate was in their own hands. They knew that a win over Balshaws High would make them County Champions outright and as true Champions do, they never let up, finally winning the game by 24 runs.
The last game of the tournament was between St Antony’s and Woodhey with the latter knowing a win would give them County runners up position, which they did.
The presentation party was led by the Lancashire Cricket Board's Women and Girls Officer Jenny Laycock aided by the 3 England Women players. Jenny commented: “Today has been an excellent accumulation of girl’s cricket from around the County, many of these girls only began playing cricket 2 months ago. They have worked well together to get their school's team to the County Finals and some excellent individual performances have been seen today. The girls indoor game has gone from strength to strength and was clear to see in the standard on show and I'm also pleased to see they have all enjoyed the day. I would like to thank the 3 England Women players for their presence at the competition, the young girls had lots of opportunities to chat to them about their experiences within the Women's game.”
Announced during the presentation was the coveted 'U13s Player of the Tournament' which was awarded to Olivia (Tilley) Wilkes from Balshaws High School. The very impressive all rounder retired from batting in 4 of her 5 games and was also the leading wicket taker in the competition. She was presented with 4 tickets of her choice to a Lancashire FLt20 game this summer and also invited by Jenny Laycock to a Lancashire U13s County trial.
The Lancashire Cricket Board would like to thank GH Carnell Sports Centre and all the schools as well as our own staff who attended on the day. Also a huge thanks to the Cricket Foundation for making it possible for the England stars Danni Hazell, Lydia Greenway and Jenny Gunn to be present.
1. Ormskirk High
2. Woodhey High
3. Balshaws High
4. Lostock High
5. St Antonys High
6. Rainford High
Ormskirk High now go on to represent Lancashire in the Regional Finals of this competition and we wish them well.
Shaun Anders (Competitions Officer)