Tarka Girls are South West champions

PUBLISHED: 11:16 04 August 2014

Tarka Girls U11s at Frenchay, with number one supporter Oliver Corbin

Tarka Girls U11s at Frenchay, with number one supporter Oliver Corbin

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Young North Devon cricketers fight their way to title

TARKA Girls Cricket Club have won the South West round of the Lady Taverner’s Softball Competition.

The final, played at Frenchhay Cricket Club in Bristol, was played against a strong and confident Frenchay team, and after losing the toss and being put into bat the pressure was on the U11 Tarka girls who scored a gettable 242 runs.

The last Frenchay pair went in to bat needing only 9 runs to win but Grace Heard and Olivia Churcher delivered their best bowling of the season right on cue and wicket maidens by both girls resulted in Tarka Girls becoming well-deserving winners of the Lady Taverners South West regional finals 2014.

The girls played Pangbourne and Whitchurch CC in their first match, giving a great team performance to score 275 and then bowl out Pangbourne for 216.

The girls went on to play Radyr, the winners of the Welsh region, in their second game. Nerves set in initially, but opening bowlers Heard, Churcher and Corbin pinned down the openers and a few good catches in the field plus an excellent direct hit run out meant the Tarka Ladies held Radyr to 206.

The Lady Taverners provides fantastic opportunities and competitions in both soft and hardball cricket for all girls teams. These competitions inspire many young players to aspire to play higher level cricket.

Manager Jan Witheridge gave her congratulations to the squad, as well as thanks to coach Mark Overton.

The team train every Monday at NDCC’s Instow pitch.

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