Uppingham Town CC played host to this year’s Lady Taverners national Club Outdoor County Competition on Sunday 5th June. With the official opening of their new ground and pavilion at Castle Hill on Monday 30th May, the Lady Taverners competition gave the club an opportunity to showcase their fantastic new facilities.

3 clubs were represented, with Bowden fielding a side at U13 and U15, Uppingham Town at U13 and Loughborough Town at U15 in the Leicestershire and Rutland County Competition. With 2 teams in each age group, the best of 3, 8 over games were played to determine the County Winners.

Uppingham Town CC (UTCC) chose to bat in their first game against Bowden CC scoring an impressive 64 – 2 from their 8 overs, in which Lydia Grice retired on 20. In their first game as a team, Bowden’s U13 side played well with opening bowler Sian Pyne achieving figures of 2 – 10 off her 2 overs. In a solid effort to reach UTCC’s total, Bowden CC reached 54 – 2 at the end of their 8 overs. Batting first again in game 2, UTCC reached a total of 61 (Lydia Grice Retired) which they defended thanks to a fantastic opening over from Lucy Wade who took 2 – 2. In the final game, Bowden chose to bat first reaching a total of 51 – 2 which they managed to defend, restricting UTCC to 46 – 1 off their 8 overs. Another impressive knock from Lydia Grice meant she retired in all 3 games and she will hope to repeat this for Uppingham Town who now progress to the Regional event on 2nd August 2011 as County Champions.

The U15 competition saw Loughborough Town CC (LTCC) put Bowden CC into bat in the first game. Despite some solid batting, Bowden CC were restricted to 28 – 2 from their 8 overs, both wickets the result of run outs.  An extremely impressive batting performance from Loughborough’s openers saw them pass Bowden’s total after just 3 overs, eventually reaching a total of 74 – 0 from their 8 overs.  In game 2 – Loughborough batted first , reaching an equally impressive 70 – 1 before captain and opening bowler Ester Stock took a double wicket maiden to get her side off to the best possible start.  Loughborough successfully defended their total with Bowden eventually reaching 32 – 3. As this was the first year both clubs have entered this competition, the 3rd game was used as an opportunity for both to give all of the girls an opportunity. Loughborough Town CC will go through as County Champions to the Regional event on 1st August.

Leicestershire and Rutland Cricket would like to wish Uppingham Town and Loughborough Town CC the best of luck at the Regional events.