Leicester Grammar were the winners of a fantastic U15 girls indoor cricket county final on Thursday 28th February, and who will now progress to the Lady Taverners U15 regional final. The winners of the “Spirit of the Games” award was Castle Donnington who, despite placing 6th, were consistently supportive of each other and watched on and cheered good play by other teams whenever they were not playing themselves.
6 teams had qualified for the finals from level 2 competitions across the county and they were split into two pools, Ibstock Community College, Mount Grace High School, Soar Valley College and Leicester Grammar School, Castle Donnington Community College and Long Field High School.
The semi finals found Mount Grace taking on Leicester Grammar while Soar Valley competed against Long Field. Both were close match ups, with good catching off the walls in the Soar Valley/Long Field game and strong tactical batting from both sides in the Mount Grace/Leicester Grammar game. In the end Soar Valley triumphed to make it through to the final while Leicester Grammar secured victory off the final ball in the game against Mount Grace.
The final was another nail biting affair, with both teams displaying excellent standards of batting, bowling and fielding coupled with tactical understanding that had clearly developed over the course of the day. Once again the result came down to the wire, with Leicester Grammar requiring 3 runs off the final ball and their last batsman in. The 3 runs were scored and victory secured for the Leicester Grammar side in a game that was played in fantastic spirit.
Awards were handed out at the end of the competition by Shiv Thakor, Leicestershire CCC pro and England U19 Captain, and we would like to express our thanks to him not only for doing that but hurrying over from his county club commitments to lend a hand as an umpire on the day, supporting our ACO umpire Kevin Smyth who we would also like to thank.
Thanks are also due to Jay Chauhan who scored and umpired many of the games and to Lucy Higham who stepped in at the last minute to score the first game before Shiv could get to the venue.
Finally, thanks to Paul Talyor for Leicester-shire and Rutland Sport for his support on the day.