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Newport Cricket Club’s U15 Girls team travel to Denby Cricket Club (Derbyshire) today to face three other UK Regional winners in the National Finals.

Newport continued their winning run in the Lady Taverrners U15 National T20 Cup, beating holders St Cross Symondians in the Wales & South West Zone Final to gain a place in the finals.

Newport had a difficult draw in the Wales & South West of England Zone of the Lady Taverners National T20 Cup, but beat Newent (Gloucs), Frenchay (Bristol) and previous winners TARKA (North Devon) to progress through to the Zone Final.

In the Zone Final against St Cross (Hants), Newport were put into bat, but got off to an excellent start scoring 77 from 12 overs before Sophie Thomas was out LBW for 40. Fellow operer Lori Matthews soon followed for 32, but a good 32 run partnership between Amy Harris 16 n.o and Sophia Smale 18n.o, allowed Newport to post a useful 120 for 2 from their allotted 20 overs.

In reply, Newport made a good start with St Cross losing an early wicket to the bowling of Lori Matthews (1-11). With the introduction of Sophie Thomas into the attack, Newport made further inroads with the wicket of the dangerous Lucia Kendall and at 37-2 off 8 overs Newport were in a strong position. The Newport fielding constantly put the St Cross batters under pressure and with further wickets falling, St Cross collapsed to 48 all out to leave Newport Girls comfortable winners by 72 runs.

Sophie Thomas with 3 – 9 and Sophia Smale 2-5 were the pick of the Newport bowlers in an excellent fielding and bowling display.

Having been U15 UK winners in 2014, Newport will travel to Derbyshire with great confidence in their quest to become UK U15 National Champions again, but standing in their way are Porthill Park (Midlands), Sessay (North) and Hayes (London & South). 

Woodhouse Grange’s survivors from their 2007 victory over Findon from Sussex include Steve Burdett, their captain, and his brother Mike, the club’s wicketkeeper.

“It’s a huge buzz, Lord’s being the home of cricket as well. For grassroots village cricketers to play at Lord’s is incredible really and the sponsors make it a marvellous weekend,” Farmer said. “They look after the teams, provide hotel accommodation the night before and the MCC at Lord’s makes it a big occasion as well, so it is something special.

“Even though both sides have been before I’m sure both clubs are looking forward to the opportunity to going again.”

Elvaston from Derbyshire , who won the National Village Cup 20 years ago, are also through to the quarter-finals and will host Milford Hall from Staffordshire on Sunday in their picturesque ground in the grounds of Elvaston Castle.

Reed from Hertfordshire, the 2012 National Village Cup winners, will host Dinton from Wiltshire while Great & Little Tew from Oxfordshire face a long trip to Cornwall to play Roche in the other quarter-final.

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