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Willington and Burnley progress

Burnley U13

England's Katherine Brunt with U13 north winners Burnley

Willington and Burnley won their North Regional heats to progress to The Lady Taverners National Girls Cricket Competition U13 & U15 Finals.

England fast bowler Katherine Brunt was in attendance to support the North Regional Finals on Monday August 9 at Sheffield United Cricket Club, taking in both the U13 & U15 competitions and presenting trophies, T-shirts and certificates. Brunt also took to the field as umpire, taking charge of the three matches in the U15 event.

U13 teams from Sheffield Transport, Hartlepool, Burnley, Poynton and South Northumberland arrived on a sunny day to play in a round robin format.

Halfway through the competition, Sheffield Transport looked the likely winners of the competition, having won both of the games they had played scoring 78 and 56 against Poynton and South Northumberland respectively. However, two wins for Burnley saw them take the initiative in the U13 tournament as they had scored the most runs so far in the day.

Following a break for rain, the competition intensified with teams all winning games and taking points from each other. Burnley (12 pts) ran out easy winners in their final game and completed a clean sweep of victories. Sheffield Transport (8pts) finished in second place due to scoring more runs than Hartlepool (8pts). Poynton and South Northumberland had 6pts apiece.

Burnley now go forward to represent the North in the U13 National Finals at Ellesmere College on Thursday August 26.

Teams from Willington (Durham), Appleton (Cheshire) and Rufforth (Yorkshire) played each other to ascertain who would be the U15 North representative at the National Finals from The Lady Taverners National Girls Cricket Competition U15 Regional Heat: North.

Willington made a good start in the first game and finished 65 for one from the allotted 12 overs. Rufforth nearly chased down the Willington score but finished four runs short on 61 for four.

The second match saw Rufforth bat first and score 61 for seven from their 12 overs. Appleton chased down the target in the final over finishing on 71 for two.

The final game of the day was a showdown between Appleton and Willington to find out who was going to represent the North at the National Finals. Following another close game, the team from Willington ran out winners and moved forward to Ellesmere College on Thursday August 26.

The Lady Taverners is part of The Lord’s Taverners, the official charity of recreational cricket and one of the UK’s leading youth sports and disability charities. The Lord’s Taverners is currently celebrating is Diamond Jubilee and will donate nearly £3 million this year to help give young people, particularly those with special needs, a sporting chance.

The charity donates nearly one minibus per week to special needs schools and disability organisations across the UK.

Willington U15

THe U15 north winners from Willington