Perse cricket team make history in reaching Lady Taverners national finals
3 May 2018
The Perse girls’ U15 indoor cricket team has reached the national finals of the Lady Taverners schools tournament for the first time following success in the regional competition.
After winning the Midlands & Eastern finals held at Cambridge University, they will now travel to Lord’s on 16 May to face the champions from the Northern, Midlands, London and South West regional qualifiers.
The team faced schools from Leicestershire, Suffolk and Norfolk in the group stage of the regional finals. They beat all three sides to top the pool, thanks to prolific wicket-taking through consistent bowling and a combination of clever batting with hitting numerous sixes leading to the girls chasing down opposition totals with relative ease.
In the semi-finals, The Perse took on Cedars Upper School. Despite some strong batting from the Bedfordshire representatives, the team bowled tightly and regularly found gaps in the field during their reply as they caught the score set by their opponents in seven of the eight overs to claim a place in the final.
The girls took on Norwich School in the final, having already beaten them in the group stage, and were set a target of 79 runs to chase down.
Captain Vicky Leung and Suzanna Arbide were both forced to retire, but The Perse continued to forge towards the target and picked up the three runs needed from the final over to clinch victory and book their spot in the national finals.
Games coach Nicky Bareham was thrilled with the team’s historic qualification for the finals at the Home of Cricket.
She said: “The whole team played extremely well all day, although special mention should be made to Bella Howarth (Year 8), playing up into the U15 team, who took 10 wickets across the day, captain Vicky Leung, who took nine wickets, and Suzanna Arbide, who took a large number of catches and run-outs as wicketkeeper.
“We congratulate the team on this superb achievement and wish the girls the very best of luck in the final.”