Girls U15 Girls Cricketers Win School Sports National Championship
On Monday 2 September, the Bede’s U15 Girls Cricket team were declared national champions for the second time in 2019 when they won the National Schools Sports Magazine Final, hosted at Felsted School in Essex.
Bede’s played Norwich School in the semi-final, which saw Bede’s bowl Norwich out for 56 runs in 11 overs. Mary Taylor’s superb bowling figures of 13-5 off 3 overs deserves a mention and Freya Kemp’s 2 wickets in the opening 2 balls was a great start. Bede’s chased down the total in 7 overs, losing 2 wickets, and winning the semi by 8 wickets. Ipswich School beat Millfield in a close semi, so the final saw Bede’s play Ipswich.
Ipswich batted first and posted a score of 150 for 2 in 20 overs. Bede’s chased the total in 14 overs, as our Captain Freya Kemp showed her top-class quality and scored an incredible 109, having been supported by Millie Taylor, Matilda Collins and Izzy Atherton. Bede’s won the Nationals by 7 wickets. Freya Kemp was deservedly named Player of The Day.
The Bede’s squad all played vital roles and it was a superb team performance. The Bede’s U15 Girls team has seen a fantastic season, having been declared national champions twice in only a few months - first at the Lady Taverners Indoor Championships at Lord's Cricket Ground in May, and now at the National Schools Sports Magazine Championships.
The girls have thoroughly enjoyed and benefitted from expert bowling coaching by Sussex Bowling Coach, James Kirtley and former Sussex player Neil Lenham.
Alan Wells, Director of Cricket at Bede’s, says, “We are absolutely delighted with the girls’ performance. The team has shown true talent and sportsmanship throughout all of their competitions and training, and both of their prestigious championship wins are thoroughly well deserved.”