The Leicestershire Girls Players Awards Evening took place on Wednesday 30th October 2019 in an evening where Leicestershire County Cricket Club celebrated the achievements of their County Age Group teams from our U13s through to our U17s team.

There were 9 awards up for grabs at the beginning of the evening and Leicestershire CCC Head Coach, Paul Nixon was in attendance to present the awards to the winners.

The evening kicked off with Community Development, Mark Barber, who addressed the room and explained the new ECB Strategy Inspiring Generations’ which was launched in January 2019 and will be in place for the next 4 years. In this strategy there are 6 priorities;  ‘Transforming Women’s and Girls Cricket’ is one of them, which we want to ‘Drive cricket’s progress to becoming a truly gender-balance sport and want everybody to say, ‘cricket is the game for me’.

For more information on ‘Transforming Women’s and Girls Cricket’ then please click here.

On to the awards, we started with Under 13s team who played 18 games using a variety of different formats of cricket from Oval cricket, 2x 16 overs innings, T20 and T10. The highlight of the year was two u12 players Prisha Thanawala and Flora Davies putting on 100 partnership against Warwickshire.

Prisha Thanawala picked up the Batter of the Year award, who scored over 200 runs which included 3 x 50 no out and highest score of 69. Caitlin Mackie picked up the Bowler of the Year award after taking 18 wickets, and Ella Jackson took Most Improved Player.

After losing only one game in the league the Under 15s went on to win their respective league. Victory in a nervous last game against Derbyshire, which saw the game stopped not once but three times due to combine harvest in the adjacent field, secured the league champions status. After winning the toss and electing to bat first we were bowled out for 96, which saw Derbyshire’s spinner taking 5 wickets. We took 2 quick wickets in the first 3 overs of the game which got the girls all fired up and believing they could win this game. The wickets kept on tumbling, and victory was complete within 22 overs with Libby Perkins take 4 wickets for 8 runs from 6 overs.

Aimee Colquhoun scooped U15 Batter of the Year award, who was comfortably the best batter alongside Lucy Weston. Aimiee scored the most runs and played many match winning innings which was highlighted with a mature knock against Durham at Ketton Sports. Emma Beal picked up Bowler of the Year award, she opened the bowling taking out the openers on several occasions, excellent away swing bowling throughout the year. Most Improved Player award went to Sophie Bennett. Sophie keeping has improved vastly over the 12 months with the ability to stand up to the stumps, very few byes and an extremely tidy keeper all-round. Her batting also improved throughout the year which in turn is turning her into a very promising allrounder.

The Under 17’s team won their first game of the year in just their second match of the season, after going two seasons without winning. The U17s progressed to the Quarter finals of T20 where they came up against tough opposition, but this is the first time that the U17s have gone this far in T20.

Batter of the Year award was shared between Jess Morgan and Lucy Weston who both scored runs at critical times in matches.

Aimee Colquhoun picked up Bowler of the Year award after taking a career best figures against Nottinghamshire 5 wickets for 5 runs.

Most Improved Player went to Beth Allcock. Beth who often thrown the ball in the middle of the game when a breakthrough was need which she often achieved whilst also keep the runs at a minimum.

Heather Beattie, Women and Girls Cricket Development Officer for LCCC said: “It’s great to see so many young players tonight and parents coming together to celebrate the success of the 2019 season.

“As a club, it is really exciting to see that we have a lot of young players with plenty of potential coming through our pathway.

“I would just like to thank everyone who supported us throughout the season, including all of our coaching staff, the local clubs who allowed us to use their grounds, as well as all of the people who umpired and scored our fixtures.”

Leicestershire CCC Head Coach Paul Nixon added: “Tonight was all about celebrating the achievements of Leicestershire’s youngsters, and it is great to see so many of them doing so well.

“I would like to thank the staff here at the club who work tirelessly with the age groups as well as everybody else who supported us throughout the season.”