Newport Girls are National Champions Again

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Newport Cricket Club U13 Girls retained the Lady Taverners UK National U13 Championship with convincing wins against Narborough & Littlethorpe (Leicestershire) and Enfield (London) in the National Finals Day at Leamington Spa. Four Regional winners throughout England and Wales had qualified through to the Finals Day:-

Wolverhampton (Midland Regional Winners)                                                                           
Narborough & Littlethorpe (Northern Regional Winners)                                                       
Ealing (South East Regional Winners)                                                                                 
Newport (South West Regional Winners) 

 Having won the tournament in 2013, there was added pressure on the Newport Girls and with rain falling before their Semi Final with Narborough, a 5 over eliminator or ‘Bowl Out’ was high on the agenda!

As the rain eased a little, an important toss was won by the Newport girls who put Narborough in to bat, as the game was reduced to 16 overs a team. R.Chipman 22 and B.Blanksby 16 put on 30 off 12 overs for the first wicket, but at a slow pace against tight bowling from Charlotte Scarborough and Jess Thornton. Lauren Chambers claimed the first wicket clean bowling Chipman, which was quickly followed by a good run out by Jess Thornton. With Amy Harris also bowling well, claiming another wicket, Narborough could only reach a total of 56-3 in their 16 overs.

The total posed no problems for the Newport openers with Charlotte Scarborough (16no) and Jess Thornton (20no) scoring freely to reach the required target in the 10th over without losing a wicket.

Ealing had beaten Wolverhampton in their Semi Final to set up an intriguing Final. Now in bright sunshine, Ealing won the toss and put Newport into bat, a decision they were soon to regret.

In the previous week, openers Charlotte Scarborough and Jess Thornton, had both enjoyed a successful week as members of the England U15 Super 3’s training group and they quickly took control, scoring 30 off the first 5 overs. Both girls were looking in great form, matching each other shot for shot. The fifty run partnership was reached in 9 overs and a big score was looking possible. Excellent running between the wickets and quick to pounce on any loose bowling, the openers reached the 100 partnership in 16 overs before Charlotte Scarborough who had reached her own personal fifty was run out in the closing stages of the innings for an excellent 55. Jess Thornton continued to bat well, and sensible batting from Amy Harris allowed Jess to reach her own personal fifty off the last ball of the innings, to finish 50 not out. Newport scoring a very useful 126-1 in 20 overs.

When Charlotte Scarborough bowled the Ealing opener H. Latham with the very first ball of the innings, a rather dispirited Ealing knew it wasn’t going to be their day. The remaining batsman battled bravely, but had no answer to the Newport bowlers and wickets fell regularly, falling to 20 all out. Scarborough finishing with 4wkts for just 5 runs and Thornton 2-12, leaving Newport winners by a stunning 106 runs. Newport were crowned UK Champions, it was a magnificent achievement to retain the Lady Taverners UK U13 National Trophy.

 Team Jess Thornton (Capt.), Charlotte Scarborough, Amy Harris, Lauren Chambers, Ellie Harlow, Molly Cooper, Beth Proctor, Catrin Phillips, Amy Evans 



Fresh from the Newport U13 Girls Lady Taverners UK Cup success, the Club’s U15 Girls team travelled to Leamington Cricket Club in buoyant mood for the U15 UK Finals. The girls were not to be denied and completed a remarkable UK Winners Double, beating Walmley (Midlands) and Ansty (Sussex) at the National Finals Day.

In their semi-final Newport were drawn to play last year’s winners Walmley. In an eagerly awaited clash between last season’s finalists, Newport were put into bat and made a solid start with openers Georgia Parfitt and Rose Evans scoring 45, before Parfitt was out for 18. Rose Evans batted throughout the innings, hitting a four off the last ball of the innings to reach her personal fifty and a Newport total of 113-4 from their allotted 20 overs.

In reply, Walmley made a steady start reaching 17 before the loss of their first wicket. However, in a devastating spell of bowling Charlotte Scarborough ripped through the top order Walmley batting recording figures of 5 overs, 1 maiden, 3 wickets for 9 runs, to leave Walmley reeling at 25-3. An excellent run out by Ella Reed and a further wicket by Meg Simkins added to the Walmley woes and they could only reach 68-5, to leave Newport winners by 45 runs.

In the UK Final Newport played Ansty (Sussex), who had beaten Wrenthorpe (Yorkshire) in the other semi final. Newport were once again put in to bat and got off to a great start scoring 49, before Rose Evans was out for 22. Georgia Parfitt was joined by Ella Reed and the pair soon began to dominate the Ansty bowling sharing a match winning partnership of 96, to post a fantastic 145-1 Newport total. Reed made 28 not out, but Parfitt’s 70 not out was the highlight of the innings, scoring runs to all parts of the ground.

Ansty were under tremendous pressure and when Charlotte Scarborough trapped opening batsman Lucy Western LBW for 0 with the third ball the writing was on the wall. Excellent bowling by Scarborough and Jess Thornton, who each took 3 wickets completely destroyed the Ansty batting and the Sussex team were all out for 28 in just 14.1 overs, to leave Newport winners by 117 runs.

Newport U15 Team : Rose Evans (Capt), Georgia Parfitt, Thea Huckle, Ella Reed, Charlotte Scarborough, Meg Simkins,  Jess Thornton, Aimee Watson, Amy Harris, Sophie Osborn. Having won both the U13 and U15 Lady Taverners UK titles, Newport have become the first Club to win the two prestigious UK age group titles in the same year. Head Coach Mike Knight praised the two teams saying, ‘To win one UK title was fantastic, but to become UK Champions at both age groups was incredible. The girls have worked hard in training since October and have been rewarded for their fantastic work ethic by becoming ‘Double UK Champions’.  Everyone at the Club is very proud of them’

Any girls (aged 7-13 years) interested in learning to play cricket should contact Mike Knight (07793823294) or [email protected] for information about winter coaching. 

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