Girls Cricket – Abbots Langley U13 – Winners of Soroptimist Audrey Collins Trophy 2015

Abbots Langley beat Knebworth Park Under-13 girls cricket team by just 5 runs to win the fifth annual Soroptimist Audrey Collins Hertfordshire Cricket  League.

94-Cricket Abbots Langley v Knebworth Park 2015WebThis year’s final was again held at Knebworth Park 93-Denise Cricket Abbots Langley 2015Webbetween two sides at full strength with 16 County players involved so a close match was always anticipated.

The game was played in good spirits and the event was very well organised with a well prepared wicket which encouraged the good standard of cricket played with refreshments available for players and spectators alike through the day. The shield was awarded to the winners as in past years by Denise Powell, President of Soroptimist International St Albans and District who have supported girls cricket in the County for five years now. 92-Denise Cricket Abbots Langley 2015Web

Reflecting on his side’s success, lead coach Phil Lewins said: “I believe the League and competition had been a catalyst for the girls’ cricket in the area.”

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Denise Powell, President of Soroptimist International St Albans and District said “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 is great to know that girls’ cricket is a national priority and that we have been able to assist in its development in Hertfordshire. We feel sure that Audrey would be very proud. It is a privilege for Soroptimists 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.

For more about the game see: http://hertsjuniorleagues.co.uk/under-13-girls/156-team-contacts

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. For more about Audrey please click on the link here: Audrey Collins OBE

Audrey is pictured here when she had been presented with a cricket bat signed by the England Women’s team for her 90th birthday.

Here are the news items on the Club website about the 5 years of the ‘Audrey Collins Soroptimist International U13 Girls Cricket League’:

https://sigbi.org/st-albans-and-district/2015/cricket/
https://sigbi.org/st-albans-and-district/2014/cricket-update/
https://sigbi.org/st-albans-and-district/2014/cricket-2014
https://sigbi.org/st-albans-and-district/203/knebworth-win-soroptimist-girls-cricket-league/
https://sigbi.org/st-albans-and-district/2012/harpenden-under-13s-%e2%80%93-winners-of-the-soroptimist-audrey-collins-girls-hertfordshire-cricket-league/
https://sigbi.org/st-albans-and-district/2012/soroptimists-girls-cricket-award/