Whitley Stimpson is proud to announce that Banbury Cricket Club’s ‘Under 13s’ girls team has won a national competition to become cricketing champions. The team achieved a decisive win over Shropshire’s Alberbury Cricket Club in Milton Keynes this month, demonstrating real flair, technique and sportsmanship to take the match in 11 overs.
“The girls’ spectacular achievement provides a reason to celebrate both within the team and the wider youth cricket club,” comments Martin Anson, Partner at Whitley Stimpson. “With hopes raised that the 2012 Olympics will inspire more young people in the UK to pursue sporting activities, Banbury’s ‘Under 13s’ girls’ exemplary performance proves with hard work, dedication and team spirit, young people can and do excel in sports.”
The ‘Under 13s’ girls team reached the national finals following an emphatic win over the Essex-based Harold Wood team to face Horsham in the semi-final. After heavy rain halted play, four of the Banbury team bowlers stepped up to the mark to compete in a tense bowl-out. Showing nerves of steel, the girls – captain Charlotte Boland, Lucy Hunter and twins Ellie and Charley Noble – maintained their cool to win two hits to nil.
Having reached the national finals, the whole team rallied together to approach their final match with outstanding camaraderie, good humour and professionalism. Emily Ong excelled in the attack, picking up four wickets, with Amy Freeman, Ellie Noble and Charlotte Boland all contributing to the team’s winning tally. With a masterful blend of timing and a superb mix of shots, the girls showed excellent team work in the final stages of the match to become deserving champions.
“The success of our ‘Under 13s’ girls team is a reflection of the girls’ talent and hard work and the absolute dedication of the club to develop youth cricket in Banbury,” says Club Chairman, Martin Phillips Banbury Cricket Club. “With the support of local firm Whitley Stimpson, our youth cricket teams have expanded significantly in the past year, experiencing great success in both local and national competitions. We are also supplying Oxfordshire’s County teams with an increasing number of fine cricketers.”
Whitley Stimpson sponsors Banbury’s youth cricket teams. With the support of the firm, the club is able to provide coaching to more than 200 youth cricketers in the area, both indoors in the winter and outdoors in the summer. It currently runs 11 youth sides, including age groups from ‘Under 9’ to ‘Under 17’. The junior teams compete in the Oxfordshire Cricket Board League, Oxfordshire County Cup, Ron Mauldsley Knockout Cup and Plate, and the South Northants League.
For further information on Whitley Stimpson and its support of local sportspeople, please visit www.whitleystimpson.co.uk. For information on joining the Banbury youth cricket team, please visit www.banburycricketclub.co.uk.