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Lara Neild lauds Women’s East Anglian Premier League title success in brilliant season for Thriplow

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Thriplow won the Women's East Anglian Premier League title. Picture: Victoria Neild (51198390)
Thriplow won the Women's East Anglian Premier League title. Picture: Victoria Neild (51198390)

Lara Neild has described an unbelievable season for Thriplow after they became the first winners of the Women’s East Anglian Premier League.

They went into their match with Copdock & Old Ipswichian on Sunday knowing that victory would seal the title in the league’s inaugural first full year – after a truncated campaign in 2020 – and they did just that with a 10-wicket success.

“We had a bit of pressure on our shoulders,” said Thriplow captain Neild.

“We had done quite well during the season and had a lot of confidence with a strong team, but you never know on the day what the opposition is going to be like and how you will perform so it was good.”

The league title added to success in the national T20 plate competition, and the second team also winning their league.

“It was pretty unbelievable – I think that sums it up best,” said Neild.

“We won absolutely everything we wanted to, and then more with the plate competition. It was just very satisfying from my point of view. The twos also topped their league, so we won everything we entered.

“It’s a bit of a shock. I think it will take a few days at least to settle in just how big an achievement it is for the club.

“Looking back on eight years ago, starting with parents and friends of friends, people who had never touched a cricket ball playing, to suddenly get this team eight years later that has won the EAPL and the club T20 competition. It’s very exciting and we hope to keep it going as long as we can.”

Thriplow are certainly in a good position to go from strength to strength with a very young squad on the women’s side of the club.

“We’ve got an awful lot of young players coming through, and they’re scoring hundreds for their county age groups and taking loads of wickets so we’ve got very good depth in our squad,” said Neild.

“It will be increasingly difficult to choose an XI for the first team next season. We will hope to progress the seconds and be even more competitive than we were this year, despite winning the league.”

She added: “It’s very exciting for Thriplow generally to see all the progression coming through and all the girls that we’ve used this season in the first team win, particularly. Looking at club development going forward, hopefully we will be able to continue it for years to come.”

Copdock & Old Ipswichian won the toss and got going with some early boundaries, but Bea Routledge and Sophia Pearson soon made breakthroughs.

The visitors quickly subsided to 42 all out, with Pearson finishing with three for 19, Issy Routledge taking two for 3, and further wickets for Isabella James and Georgia Wynne-Jones.

Thriplow needed less than five overs to pass the total, thanks to Issy Routledge and Sirisha Gorantla, to cap a superb season.

It adds to a successful season for the whole club. All three men’s sides won promotion; the first team were second in the CCA Junior League, Division One South, the seconds beat Ashdon by nine wickets for second in 3S, and the thirds were runners-up in 5S, and the women’s second team won the Two Counties T20 West Division.

Thriplow chairman Chris Neild is understandably delighted.

“Whilst winning isn’t everything, it’s been a fun season and we’ve all enjoyed our cricket,” he said.

“The teams all support each other when they can and we’re a club off the field as well as on it. Our next wave of juniors is coming through so we hope to be able to be competitive in the higher men’s leagues we’ll be in next season.

“All the sides have included players who have come up through the club’s junior sections and successfully blending youthful energy with the experienced ‘wise old heads’ is at the heart of the club’s ethos.”

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