Howzat! Ipswich School girls win county cricket final

Ipswich School’s U13 girls’ cricket team have been crowned county champions - after only three months of training and playing together.

Having won the district tournament of the Lady Taverners Cup last week at Rushmere, the Ipswich School team, along with five other district winning teams, played in the county finals at Suffolk One this Tuesday (1 April).

Drawn in a group with Horringer Court Middle School and Newmarket College, Ipswich got off to an excellent start by defeating the first of these schools almost before they had a chance to settle into the match, bowling Horringer out for just 48.  In the second match Ipswich batted first and scored a very competitive 83-2; Newmarket scored 64-6 in reply to send Ipswich into the final.

In the final match, Ipswich met last year’s Suffolk winners St Joseph’s College and performed amazingly well to deliver possibly their best performance of the whole tournament. St Joseph's College batted first, and scored 43-7 off 8 overs; Ipswich School then scored 44-3 in 6.4 overs.  Ipswich won by 5 wickets, and Ipswich seized the county title.

The U15 girls also did extremely well in their Lady Taverners tournament.  In the district round the Ipswich team beat Felixstowe Academy, Westbourne Academy and Copleston High to reach the county finals. Ipswich found themselves up against Holbrook High and County Upper in their group round of county final matches.  They beat both these teams, but couldn’t overcome Thomas Gainsborough – last year’s winners at this age group – in the finals, achieving the runners-up slot.

Stuart Furmston, Ipswich School’s girls’ cricket coach, said: “To be able to field the school’s first ever girls’ cricket teams in the prestigious Lady Taverners tournament has been a fantastic experience.  To see the girls playing so well and so enthusiastically after just a few weeks of training together has been great, and for the U13 girls to pick up the county title provides a real boost to the sport at Ipswich School.  I am so proud of everything that both the U15 and U13 teams have achieved.”

Andrew Golding, Head of Cricket at Ipswich School added: “We are delighted by both the teams’ results, and I hope their success will encourage others to enjoy the fastest growing sport amongst girls in England."

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