The North Devon Tarka U15 girls became the The Lady Taverner’s National T20 Club champions in Lincolnshire this week.

The girls have worked hard for four years with this competition as a goal. Inspired by competitive matches against the previous national champions, Newport, they have been playing at their clubs for the boys' teams as well as hard weekly training sessions with Tarka Ladies and for some, the training and matches with the district and county teams.

Manager Jan Witheridge said: "Their success is a credit to them, their parents and all the hard working volunteers in youth cricket who have given their time and energy to the youth game."

The competition started with 168 teams nationally and came down to the last four in the final. Winners from the North East, North West, South West and South East played at Grantham CC.

In the morning Tarka played Narborough & Littlethorpe CC.

A captain's 52 n.o. from Daisy Meadowcroft was supplemented by 42 from Carmen Clements.

Narborough were then knocked over for 46 - Rose Ball taking 2-10.

Wrenthorpe awaited in the final.

Tarka won the toss and chose to bowl. Rose Ball was on fire and took two quick wickets.

Wrenthorpe rallied, though, and ended the innings on 106 for six. Wickets fell to Min Muir and Carmen Clements but Rose Ball took four for six off five overs.

The girls then batted like champions. Eluned Davies opened with a superb 19 before being caught. Carmen Clements' 54 n.o. and Rose Ball's quick-fire 26 n.o. saw Tarka across the line and to the national prize.

Manager Jan Witheridge and coach Mark Overton were very proud of the girls' focussed and determined performance.

Jan said: "This has been a long term goal for the Tarka girls and it is fantastic that it has been achieved by these girls who have worked and trained together since they were U11s.

"This truly was a superb team performance. The ECB putting them up in a hotel and setting up a special dinner was the cream on the cake."