ORMSKIRK School’s girls cricketers have reached the U13 National Finals and are to play on one of the finest grounds in the world.
Already North of England winners, the girls comfortably beat Solihull’s Tutor Grange Academy in the semi-final and on August 14 they will travel to Wormsley to play South Dartmoor College from Devon in the final.
That game will be played immediately after the final day of the England Women’s Ashes Test match against Australia – and the Ormskirk girls are hoping to meet both the England and Australia players.
The team’s progress to the prestigious final tie was straightforward. Ormskirk dominated the best of three contest played at Eckington Cricket Club in Derbyshire, scoring 97 to 45 in the first contest and 104 to 44 in the second.
Overall the Solihull players struggled to cope with the skill and power of their opponents.
“The girls’ tactical awareness and knowledge of the game has improved so much over the past six months,” said PE teacher Laura Goff.
“They are a pleasure to coach and I have high expectations of them at the Nationals.”
John Doyle, headteacher added: “I have almost run out of superlatives to describe our U13 girls cricket team.
“They are absolutely amazing and I know that some of them are by now on first name terms with some of the England Women’s team, so often have they met them.
“It would not surprise me at all if one or two of our team reach that standard in their later career.”
The team: Erin Staunton-Turner (captain), Lucy Staunton-Turner, Danni Bird, Amelia Size, Fynn Kennedy, Chloe Greenwood, Emma Gill, Erin Kenny and Elise Rimmer.