Isle of Wight Cricket

Ventnor Middle Girls Wins through to Lords

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The South and West finals of The Lady Taverners Girlsí National Under 13 Indoor Cricket Competition came to an exciting close last week (Monday 21 March) at the University of West England, Bristol, with Ventnor Middle School from the Isle of Wight booking their place in the final at Lordís, the spiritual home of cricket.

46 schools from across the UK are competing in a series of five U13s regional heats to reach the national finals at Lordís on 11 May. Ventnor Middle School took overall victory in the South & West heat, facing stiff competition from schools from Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Oxfordshire, Somerset and Wiltshire before going on to beat Cape Cornwall School from St. Just to claim the U13ís South & West title.

The final was a very closely contested match with Cape Cornwall setting Ventnor a target of 47, which they chased down with only 1 wicket to spare to ensure their progress to the national final at Lordís in May. This is the first time Ventnor have reached the national indoor Lady Taverners final and the first ever time they have reached a national final as a school.

The Lady Taverners has sponsored the ECB-run girlsí indoor and outdoor cricket competitions since 2003, giving 48,000 girls the opportunity to participate in cricket, many for the first time. The Lady Taverners competitions are the countryís only national girlsí cricket competitions, providing a vital pathway for the development of grassroots girlsí cricket.

Derrin Gill, Director of The Lady Taverners, commented: ďThe Lady Taverners is all about giving young people a sporting chance. Many girls donít get the chance to play competitive cricket so we are delighted to be able to provide opportunities for girls all across the country. Year on year we have had an increased number of participants and the standard keeps getting better. Congratulations to all the teams who took part in the South and West under 13 competition and we look forward to seeing Ventnor Middle School at Lordís!Ē

The Lady Taverners is part of The Lordís Taverners, the official charity of recreational cricket and one of the UKís leading youth sports and disability charities. The Lordís Taverners will donate over £3 million this year to help give young people a sporting chance.

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