Photo: Cumnor House Sussex U13 Girls’ cricket team crowned County champions
Two girls’ cricket teams from Cumnor House Sussex have met with resounding success having been crowned U13 1st VIII Sussex County champions and U11 VIII IAPS (Independent Association of Prep Schools) champions.
At the Sussex County Prep Schools Tournament the U13 1st VIII defeated Burgess Hill Girls, Lancing College and Claremont School in the group stages to face Roedean in the semi-final. They won in convincing style, with some very big hitting from Katie Bradley and strong running from Madge Leeson.
Up against Bedes in the final, the girls faced some fierce bowling to post a total of 132 runs – their lowest score of the day. Undaunted and remaining calm under increasing pressure, they bowled superbly and fielded tidily. It came down to the last two overs when Bedes kept up the pressure with a target of just 21 runs to secure a win. Cumnor’s Pearl Christie really stepped up her game and took two wickets in as many balls. As Katie took the ball from her to bowl the last over, the team were quick to block further runs from Bedes’ last pair. Katie topped off a thoroughly successful day with a ‘caught & bowled’ to secure an overall win.
Lucia Papadopoulos captained the side superbly and was richly rewarded for her calm leadership when she received the U13 County Championship trophy for Cumnor House Sussex.
Meanwhile, at the IAPS (Independent Association of Prep Schools) tournament the U11 VIII also won their three pool games to meet Brighton & Hove in the semi-final. Success in this round meant they faced Kent College in the final. Excellent fielding from both teams resulted in a close final result with Cumnor ending on a score of 156 runs to Kent College’s 138 runs – to secure the IAPS championship title for the U11 team at Cumnor House Sussex.
“This is a phenomenal achievement for our girl cricketers in just their second season playing competitive cricket,” commented Caroline Park, Assistant Director of Sport at Cumnor House Sussex. “They have worked really hard with great determination and have loved the challenge of learning new skills. Girls’ Cricket is the fastest growing sport in the UK and at Cumnor we are blessed with both the facilities and the expertise to provide the very best cricketing experience for children of all levels and abilities.”
To find out more about sport at Cumnor House Sussex visit : http://sport.cumnor.co.uk/.