A joint Abbots Langley and Watford Under-13 girls cricket team won the fourth annual Soroptimist Audrey Collins Hertfordshire Cricket League Trophy.
The nail biting game went down to the last ball, with the Abbots Langley and Watford Under-13s combined side beating opponents Knebworth Park by one run in the final to lift the trophy.
Reflecting on his side’s success, lead coach Phil Lewins said: “I hope this can be a springboard to further promoting girls and ladies cricket in the area.”
Denise Powell, President of Soroptimist International St Albans and District said “There was a great atmosphere. The excitement of the winning team was plain to see, there was much hugging and smiling and shouting – there can be no doubt that there is great prestige in winning the trophy and that the Soroptimist Audrey Collins under 13’s cricket award is prized and is therefore making a real difference which is a fitting tribute to Audrey. It was a privilege for me to be part of the event, and to see that our continuation of this support is so highly valued.” Denise is pictured above with the winning team after the presentation of the shield and trophy.
This competition is sponsored by the St Albans Soroptimists as a lasting legacy to past member Audrey Collins who died in 2010. Audrey was an inpirational Soroptimist – a pioneer of Women’s cricket and a trail blazer for women. She received an OBE for services to women’s cricket and was one of the first 10 female members admitted by the MCC in 1999.
Audrey is pictured here when she had been presented with a cricket bat signed by the England Women’s team for her 90th birthday