Felsted School’s U15 Girls’ Cricket Team became National Champions at Lord’s Cricket Ground this week, in the Lady Taverners Cricket Cup, winning all four highly competitive games. They went into the final as Regional Champions, beating 900 other schools to claim the title.
The girls beat South Dartmoor Community College, Shrewsbury School, Old Buckenham High School and St Aidan’s High School in the final game to be crowned National Champions.
Headmaster, Chris Townsend comments; “Last year, we reached the finals, and finished in third place in the country. This year, we have done even better! It is great to see cricket for girls at Felsted going from strength to strength. Cricket became a main sport for girls only three years ago, (in addition to tennis in the summer term) and the take up has been tremendous. The girls are very lucky to be trained by Carla Rudd, a current Super League Player and Elizabeth McLaren, their team manager.”
Carla Rudd spoke of the win; “I am very proud of how the girls performed yesterday; each and every one of them kept their nerve and performed under huge pressure. The team spirit and skill level was top quality throughout all four games. The girls have trained hard over the past few months and I am glad their dedication to training has paid off.”
Ms McLaren, Team Manager, comments; “The girls played the best indoor cricket I have seen them play against some tough competition. They fully deserved the National title, with a consistently outstanding performance from the whole team.”
Ten Felsted girls are currently on the Essex Players Programme; from this successful team Annabel Hills (Captain) and Emma Jones are part of the U15 Essex squad and Beth Irvine is in the Essex Development squad. Three older Felsted girls also play in the School’s 1st and 2nd XI teams, alongside the boys, an unusual but very welcome sight.
Felsted is currently nominated as an Inspirational School for girls’ cricket by Essex CCC and became a MCCF (Marylebone Cricket Club Foundation) hub for girls’ cricket in November 2015.
The girls have outdone other senior teams at Felsted for Rugby, Hockey (boys and girls), Tennis, Show Jumping and boys Cricket, all of whom could not quite lift the title, having reached their own national finals.