Ormskirk and Brighton take indoor honours
Ormskirk School and Brighton College were the winners as the National Final rounds of the 2013 Lady Taverners Indoor School Competition took place at the weekend.
The tournaments at Under-13 and Under-15 levels reached their conclusions on May 8 and 9 respectively at Lord’s, with Ormskirk coming out on top in the former and Brighton the latter.
Ormskirk, from West Lancashire, were hot favourites as their U15 team had narrowly missed out on a place at the home of cricket in the North Regional Finals.
Excellent batting performances ensured they managed an impressive 482 in four matches but bowling was the key with Lucy Staunton-Turner taking five wickets in five balls to leave the opposition stunned as Ormskirk celebrated the U13s title.
The opposition, entering through the other regions, put up a valiant effort on the day but Godolphin & Latymer (Middlesex), Parkstone (Dorset), Abberley Hall (Worcestershire) and Ysgol Gyfun Gwyr (Wales) shared the further four places on a great day of cricket.
U15 champions Brighton, who have visited Lord’s in this competition for several years, were also undefeated on the day but had great opposition in Ilkley Grammar (Yorkshire) and Tudor Grange (Warwickshire), who finished second and third respectively.
The other two finalists were Millfield (Somerset) and Basseleg (Wales), who forced a tied game early on - an encounter that epitomised the spirit and type of cricket on display during the entire tournament.
This year was the 10th that the competition has been funded by the Lady Taverners and 2013 boasted an increase of 30 per cent for entries across England and Wales, with 750 school teams taking part in each age group.