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Coton under-13s and Thriplow under-15 girls' cricket teams reach Lady Taverners T20 National finals

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Coton under-13s girls' cricket team. Picture: Sam Sandercock (14472089)
Coton under-13s girls' cricket team. Picture: Sam Sandercock (14472089)

Coton under-13 girls will be joining Thriplow under-15s girls at the Lady Taverners T20 National finals.

They were up against Staffordshire side Porthill Park on Sunday, looking to follow in the footsteps of Thriplow, who had qualified the previous week.

Coton won the toss and elected to bowl, stopping Porthill on 71 for 1 from their 10 overs, with Biz Whichello taking the wicket.

In reply, Coton’s Lulu Harding was run out for 24 and Ginny Bradbury bowled for 14 after they had put on on 46 runs off the first six overs.

Olivia and Madeline Welham kept the scoring going to leave Coton needing just two runs off the last over, but then drama ensued as they lost three wickets.

Abbey Holdstock and Whichello were at the crease as Coton needed one run off the last ball.

Whichello hit the ball hard in the air to square leg and, as the shot was fumbled, Coton got the run they needed to book their place at the national finals.

Coton have already enjoyed success this season as they won the Suffolk, Essex and Cambs Lady Taverners under-13s one-day softball tournament in May, and are part of the under-11s team which won the CYCA Premier League and county cup.

Thriplow made it through the previous weekend, beating Kent side Hayes in the last 16 and then Tunbridge Wells in the quarter-finals.

Jess Olorenshaw smashed 149 not out and Bella Howarth hit an unbeaten 65 as they reached 244 for 1 against Tunbridge.

Issy James then took three wickets and skipper Alex Pitchford got two as Tunbridge were stopped at 126 for 7.

Thriplow women's manager Duncan Walker said: "Whilst the batting was the mainstay of both games, the whole team focussed on the fielding and bowling, putting the opposition under pressure from ball one."

It means that Cambridgeshire provide two of the top four girls’ teams in their country in their age groups, with Coton and Thriplow going to contest the nationals at Neston Cricket Club in Cheshire on August 7.

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