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Oathall hold their nerve

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Oathall Community College are Lady Taverners Under-13 Sussex champions after beating Brighton College by one wicket in a thrilling final that went down to the final over.

After two months and six rounds, the initial 22 schools who took part were whittled down to six who contested the county final.

Joining Oathall and Brighton College were Bede’s Prep, North Lancing Primary, Portslade Aldridge Community Academy and Tanbridge House, with all the schools playing each other to determine the finalists.

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Oathall Community College are Lady Taverners Under-13 Sussex champions after beating Bede's Prep by one wicket in the final over

There were some close matches throughout the day, with many games going down to the last over, and even a drawn match between Bede’s Prep and Tanbridge House.

But it was Oathall and Brighton College who dominated, winning all their matches before facing each other in the final.

Brighton College batted first and started well, cracking 54 from the first four overs, but they came unstuck as Oathall began to take wickets before finally bowling them out for 82.

The Oathall innings followed exactly the same course - they piled on 54 from four overs before losing wickets which sent the game into the final over.

It was Oathall who held their nerve, scampering through for the single they needed to win the title by the narrowest of margins.

They will now take part in the regional final in Hertfordshire in April.

Sussex Women and Girls' Community Coach, Charlotte Burton said: "The standard of cricket again has increased and it is good to also see so many schools involved in the tournament across the county, along with many new schools being involved this year.

"The Lady Taverners competition is a good starting block for young girls in schools and gets them ready for the summer leagues as well as developing their skills.”