The Perse School make a big impression at Lady Taverners' National Schools' Indoor Cricket finals at Lord's
John Read described The Perse School under-13s as “absolutely fantastic” as they finished runners-up in the Lady Taverners’ national schools’ indoor cricket finals at Lord’s.
And the coach praised a “great all-round performance” as the school’s under-15s finished fourth in their national final.
The Perse was the only school in the country to have teams in both age group national finals.
The under-13 side faced Oxford High School in their first game at the MCC Academy, and they bowled out their opponents for 55 before making 94 for 5 in reply.
In their clash with The Castle School, the Perse made 100 for 5, but lost by one run as their rivals made 101 for 6.
They then faced Sevenoaks School, bowling them out for 40 and hitting 111 for 6.
Their final game saw them make 114 for 4, and then restrict Wakefield Girls’ High School to 84 for 5.
In the round-robin event, it meant they secured second place behind The Castle School.
Captain May Busher was the top scorer with 47 runs, as Holly Smith hit 45 and Bibi Elliott made 44. Lulu Harding claimed 10 wickets, Isabelle Whichello nine and Smith seven.
Wicketkeeper Elliott made six run-outs and took five catches.
“The girls were absolutely fantastic, they couldn’t have played any better,” said Read.
“When the girls first arrived at Lord’s and saw the grounds, they were just amazed that they were here, so it was a very special experience for them.”
The Perse’s under-15s took part in their national finals the following day, and had a difficult start against eventual champions Bede’s School, being dismissed for 38 as their opponents made 102 for 5.
Having bowled out Cheadle Hulme School for 72, they earned the win by making 79 for 7.
Against St Swithun’s School, their opponents made 97 for 7 but they came up just short on 82 for 5.
In their final match, they chased down Denmark Road High School’s 93 for 6 to reach 93 for 7 as the match ended in a tie. It left them level on points with Denmark Road, but they were edged out of third by their opponents’ superior run rate.
Bella Howarth top-scored with 59 runs and was also the leading wicket-taker with eight. Izzy Bevens claimed seven scalps and Alex Pitchford got six.
“It’s a tough competition when you get to this level,” said Read.
“Every team is a good team and the champion of their region. In the first game, we came up against the team that won it and they were the best team in the finals by a long way.
“The girls fought hard in the other three games and it was a great all-round performance.
“To put it into perspective around 800 schools entered this competition and we came fourth, so it’s a very good result.”
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