Newport's U13s are Britain's best after dominant display
12:02pm Thursday 19th September 2013 in Sport
NEWPORT's under-13 girls are the best in Britain after winning the prestigious UK Lady Taverners Twenty20 Cup.
The youngsters performed heroically, beating Walmley (Midlands) in the semi final and then Ealing (London & South) to lift the trophy at Challow and Childrey Cricket Club in Oxfordshire.
Newport were given a tough semi-final draw against Walmley (Midlands), the team who had beaten the club’s under-15's in their final.
With the game reduced to 16 overs per side, Newport won the toss and put Walmley into bat on a cloudy day.
Walmley made an excellent start, racing to 35 off just five overs but Newport struck back to reduce them to 47-4 with Jess Thornton, Charlotte Scarborough, Sophie Osborn and Meg Simkins each claiming a wicket after adapting to the conditions.
Runs were becoming more difficult but Walmley's total off 71-6 - with Simkins and Osborn both impressing with 2-15 off their four overs.
Having to score at nearly five runs per over, Newport made an impressive start, with 13 off the first over and 24 off three overs as Scarborough and Thornton cut loose.
It was a faultless display of batting and Newport reached their target without loss in nine overs.
In the other semi-final Ealing (London & South) had easily beaten Westbury (Bucks) to set up a meeting between two clubs, who last met when the Newport U13 boys beat them in the UK U13 National Cup Final at Oakham in 2010.
Ealing won the toss and elected to bat first, a decision which proved costly.
They made a fast start and looked good at 35-1 off six overs but a clatter of three wickets without scoring in three overs put Newport in command.
The Spytty Park girls didn't ease up and bowled out their rivals for 49 off 11 overs. All the bowlers played their part with Thornton's leg spin leading to figures of 2-10 and Simkins finishing off the innings for 2-1.
Newport were in buoyant mood, but no sooner had they bowled Ealing out, the rain began to fall.
With bad weather forecast, Newport started their reply in positive fashion, racing to 13 off just two overs before Thornton was bowled for seven. Scarborough (20no) was again proving to be a tower of strength for Newport and with Sophie Osborn (16no) put on an unbroken 37-run partnership to see Newport home to become the first Welsh winners of the trophy.
Head Coach Mike Knight said: "The girls section of the club has been phenomenal this year.
"To win the UK trophy the week after the under-15 team had lost in their final shows the strength of girls cricket at the club.
"The girls really showed their class today and thoroughly deserved to win the accolade of best in the UK."
Squad: Jess Thornton (captain), Lauren Chambers, Amy Harris, Nicol Helkvist, Caitie Lake, Charlotte Mould, Sophie Osborn, Charlotte Scarborough, Meg Simkins, Aimee Watson.