Girls' cricket team are pride of The Leys School after national finals achievements
Under-15s go agonisingly close to victory in the School Sports Magazine National T20
James Clark expressed his pride in the The Leys School under-15 girls’ cricket team after they were pipped by Millfield School in the final of the School Sports Magazine National T20 competition.
In their first season of outdoor cricket, the girls’ team made it through to the national finals day at Felsted School.
A partnership of 126 between captain Issy Routledge and Anna MacHale helped them to a semi-final win over Shrewsbury School to book their spot in the final against Millfield, having won five games in the tournament to that point.
Millfield, who had beaten Brighton College by 10 wickets in the semi-finals, posted an impressive total of 136 for 7, and in fading light, The Leys fell just short by 29 runs.
“I am so proud of this fine group of girls,” said Clark, the director of sport at the Leys School.
“They have committed to training, they have been passionate about performing and above all they have been good humoured and full of enthusiasm for the game.
“They should be so proud of what they have achieved this season.
“Whilst it is clearly a team sport and undoubtedly our team was superb throughout, it would be remiss of me to not mention the amazing performance of the captain Issy Routledge.
“In the six matches, she scored 374 runs, she was out only once on the penultimate ball of the final.
“Issy is a very modest young lady, but I know that she is so proud of her own and her team’s performances throughout the competition.
“We can now look forward to a full programme of girls’ cricket this summer with real confidence.”
Squad: Bea Routledge, Issy Routledge, Anna MacHale, Liv Bullen, Tor Lovell, Sophie Coady, Nikki Chahal, Emmy Brown, Anna Miska-Alvarez, Jenny Girgis and Stasia Vlasova.