(Capt), Gabby Basketter (V. Capt), Ffion Cartwright, Becky Struthers, Beth
Moorcraft, Ffion Wynne, Nicole Reid, Charlotte Scarborough, Jess Thornton, Ella
Reed, Rose Evans, Georgia Parfitt, Naomi Davies.
Newport Cricket Club’s Women’s Cricketers
will round off a fantastic season, when they play in the ECB Women’s UK Club
Finals. Having won the ECB Women’s South & West League, Newport head to
Kibworth C.C. (Leicestershire) where they will face stiff competition from some
of the best Women cricketers in the Country.
Fresh from their League success, where
Newport remained unbeaten throughout the season with wins against Plympton,
Bath, Bristol and Llangennech, Newport will travel to the ECB Club Finals in
buoyant mood. The Finals will be held over 2 days at Kibworth Cricket Club,
with Newport facing ECB Midland League Winners J & G Meakin C.C. in the
semi final, whilst ECB North League Winners North Farnley, ECB meet ECB South
League Winners Bath in the other semi final. Following the semi-finals on
Saturday, the Winners are scheduled to meet in the Final on Sunday, with the
losing semi finalists playing off for 3rd/4th place.
Head Coach Mike Knight said, ‘The Women &
Girls Cricket section has enjoyed tremendous success in recent years winning
U15, U13 and Women’s ECB UK titles. It’s a very young team but there are some
fantastic players in the squad and we go to the Finals in confident mood and
will be looking to win the UK title we won in 2013’.
Captain of the Newport Women’s team is Lauren
Parfitt, the current Wales Women’s Vice Captain, who has done an excellent job
in moulding a young team together. Parfitt, an opening batsman and left arm
spin bowler will be one of the key players for Newport at the Finals. Also in
the Newport team will be Ffion Wynne, who attends Loughborough University where
she trains alongside several England Women cricketers – including Anya
Shrubsole who will be playing for Bath in the Finals. Wynne was awarded the
Bowler of the season Award at Loughborough.
Women and Girls cricket is developing rapidly
at Newport, with over 80 girls attending weekly coaching sessions, throughout
the summer and winter, with new players joining the ever expanding Women &
Girls cricket section every week. Knight enthused ‘Women and Girls Cricket at
Newport has really taken off and the hard work and commitment of the girls is
really paying off’.