The Perse School

Perse cricket team earns bronze at Lady Taverners indoor finals

17 May 2018

The Perse girls’ U15 cricket team put in a terrific effort to claim third place in the Lady Taverners national indoor finals at Lord’s.

From hundreds of schools that had entered the competition, The Perse were one of just five regional champions to reach the finals, which were played as a round-robin tournament to decide the winner.

The team lost their first match against Shrewsbury School and fell short by just five runs to eventual champions Bournemouth School for Girls in their second game.

Following a tour of the Home of Cricket, the team returned to action and picked up their first victory by beating Bede’s School by 42 runs.

Consistent batting and intelligent running helped The Perse set a target of 86 for 7 before incisive bowling and fielding saw Bede’s dismissed for 44.

They rounded off their campaign against Queen Elizabeth High School by reaching a century off the final ball of their innings, chalking up 100 for 6, before restricting their Northumberland opponents to 48 for 7 in reply for a 52-run success.

Having played all their matches, The Perse had to wait for the results from the final round of games to come through before discovering they had done enough to take bronze.

Coach John Read was thrilled with how the team had fared on their big day at Lord’s.

He said: “It’s been a really good day for the girls. At the start of the day they were a little bit nervous and their performances reflected that, but once they got into their game, they played superbly in their last two games.

“It’s the first time they’ve reached the finals, so to finish third is a very good result. I’m very proud of the girls.

“In the post-match talk, I told the girls there are so many cricketers all over the world who would love to say they’ve played at Lord’s and they’ll be able to say that in years to come.”

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