Bradford Under 15s girls made it a September day to remember by winning at Lord’s!
Teams representing hubs from Bradford, the Cotswolds, Manchester and Slough all took part in the MCC’s National Foundation competition Finals Day at the Home of Cricket, with Bradford crowned champions in glorious fashion on September 20.
They comfortably defended their 20-over total of 135-3 in the final on the main square against the Cotswolds having already beaten teams from Sheffield and Hull to qualify.
Coach Mohammed Salim said: “I have coached most of these players for a long time, and I knew they could do it with the right support.
“They are a fantastic team of girls.
“None of this would be possible without the support of Woodlands Cricket Club, who have made their outdoor and indoor facilities available whenever needed.”
Katie Stewart, of the Yorkshire Cricket Board, was the hub manager for Bradford and admitted her delight at the special achievement when speaking to the Bradford Telegraph and Argus.
“It was absolutely incredible for them, and we’re all thrilled to bits,” she said.
“We did quite a bit to prepare the girls, with extra training sessions and a few friendlies, with one against an Under 15 boys team.
“We took them to Headingley too, just so they could absorb being in a huge stadium before going down to Lord’s.
“We told them to relax and enjoy their day at Lord’s, and just play their natural game. To even get to Finals Day was a fantastic achievement, so to win the whole tournament was amazing.
And looking ahead to the future, Stewart added: “Yorkshire have got their eye on a couple of the girls. But some of them who’ve not been noticed before, now they’ve performed on a big stage at Lord’s, I think they’ll be picked up.
“Hopefully it’ll help them push forward, because I think some of the girls have gained in confidence.
“Not being part of a county set-up, they might have thought they weren’t quite good enough. But now they know they can do it on a big Finals Day, they’ll maybe see cricket as a viable career for them.”