Clitheroe Cobras Girls Share U13 Division 2 Title
In a season of unprecedented success for Clitheroe Cobras the club’s dedicated and talented squad of girls have more than played their part with a unique achievement.
Under the leadership of local cricket legend Jon Harvey, the U13 Girls team have made history by becoming the first ever girls’ team to capture a league title. Playing exclusively against boys teams in the Lancashire League junior set-up, the Cobras girls secured a share of the Division 2 Title with a remarkable run of form in the second half of the season.
After a difficult start to the campaign, narrowly losing four of their opening six fixtures, the girls responded magnificently by reeling off six straight victories to finish joint top. This remarkable run included comprehensive victories over Haslingden, Lowerhouse, Enfield and Burnley and a nail-biting last-ball thriller at Accrington and culminated in a title-deciding clash at Burnley. Batting first, the hosts posted a highly respectable total of 246, despite being restricted by tight bowling and tigerish fielding. In reply, the girls batted magnificently, never looked in any difficulty and soon had the game wrapped up.
Cobras Chairman Farouk Hussain paid tribute to the achievement of the girls in re-writing the cricket history books: “This has been a remarkable season for the girls. They have worked hard over the last few years and the standard at which they are now competing is a credit to them all. And the truth is that we still feel there is even more to come from them over the next few years.”
Twelve different girls have played in the squad this season; six of whom have already represented Lancashire and it can only be a matter of time before even more are called upon to play for the Red Rose. The club’s on-going commitment to Girls and Women’s Cricket has also seen the introduction of a Women’s XI this season who have competed with great credit against more experienced opponents and who will surely be a force to be reckoned with in the coming seasons. Any women or girls interested in playing cricket at Clitheroe would be made welcome.
Jenny Laycock, Women & Girls Cricket Development Officer for the LCB, added: "Well done to this group of young girls, they have worked hard for the past few years and showing they are very capable of competing and beating ‘boys’ teams. Many of these girls have been in or around the county girls set up and have been involved in National winning sides. This opportunity for girls to play alongside boys teams is exactly what we need in Lancashire for the development girls and women's cricket. Our performance teams are very successful and we need to ensure this continues by keeping the flow of talented cricketers coming through and ideally giving them opportunities to play in a girls only environment to develop their skills needed for the women's game. To help this from 2014 there will be an Under 10 girls softball league for clubs to enter. We already have 5 clubs on board and any club wishing to express an interest please feel free to contact me on 07713 287989 or firstname.lastname@example.org."