Double whammy for the Gell girls

Anthony Gell School's under 13s cricketing girls
Anthony Gell School's under 13s cricketing girls

talented girls from Anthony Gell School in Wirksworth came up trumps last week by winning county competitions in under 13s and under 15s age groups of the Lady Taverners Indoor Cricket Tournament.

The under 13s team played consistently well in their preliminary matches and went on to beat West Park in the final. Captain Beth Harwood collected the team trophy and also won an award for the best bowler of the tournament. Teammate Miranda Marshall also scooped the top prize for bowler of the tournament for her consistent performances throughout the day.

On the following day at the Gateway Centre in Derby, home of Derbyshire CCC, the under 15s, captained by Nina Smedley, repeated the victory by beating Tupton Hall School in the final. Anthony Gell lost the toss but locked Tupton down through tight bowling and fielding, dismissing them for creditable 23 off ten overs. Nina, a member of the DCB County Academy, went out to bat first and put in an incredible performance, achieving 28 runs off the first over. Unsurprisingly, Nina received the player of the tournament award, a signed cricket bat and goody bag from the DCB in recognition of her achievements in batting, bowling and fielding.

The success is the first stage of Anthony Gell’s bid to reach the National Finals, held annually at Lords.

“All schools are eligible to take part in the competition, which has seen a steady increase in competitors over recent years.

Team manager Janice Price said: “There have been some incredible individual as well as team performances over the last two days, and naturally we are delighted with the team success.

“We need to remain focussed on the next hurdle and will step up training to be in on top form ready for the regional finals later this month.”