Colston's celebrate perfect day
Colston's School were crowned Lady Taverners U13 Indoor Champions after triumphing at the Lord's Indoor School.
The Gloucestershre-based school remained unbeaten throughout the competition and were presented with the trophy and medals by Rachael Hayhoe-Flint, President of the Lady Taverners, and Marilyn Fry of the Lady Taverners Cricket Giving Committee.
Colston's lined up alongside teams from Cumbria, Derbyshire, Essex and Wales with the national title at stake for the winners.
The first round of matches saw Shenfield, of Essex, bowl Cumbrian side Appleby out for just 29 runs en route to an easy victory. Colston’s completed a comfortable win over Anthony Gell of Derbyshire, rattling up 98 for two before restricting their opponents to 40 for seven.
The next two matches saw Cathedral School, from Wales, defeat Shenfield by nine runs in a very close game. Colston’s then cruised past Appleby by a massive 91 runs with Hannah Cockram and Emily Wolfe both retiring on 25, while Megan Long took three wickets in one over.
After a lunch break which included a tour of Lord’s, the games resumed with Appleby scoring their best total of the day - 78 for seven which proved too much for Cathedral School. Shenfield and Anthony Gell then played a thriller with both sides scoring 63, the latter running out winners by virtue of losing less wickets.
The fourth round of matches had Appleby playing their final match of the competition and pipping Anthony Gell by one run on the last ball of the match. Colston’s continued their winning run by defeating Cathedral School by 22 runs. Again Cockram and Wolfe retired having reached 25 with good support from Zoe Cullum who scored 21. Cathedral batters Charlotte Smith and Harriet Coates also retired on 25 runs.
The final round of matches saw Cathedral School defeat Anthony Gell by 44 runs to clinch second place in the competition.
But it was left to Colston’s who continued their domination of the competition by beating Shenfield by 49 runs. The batting of Cockram was outstanding throughout the day and she retired again having passed 25 for the third time in the day.