This week the Downside girls U15A cricket squad won against Prior Park and Royal High Bath in the first round of the 2020 Lady Taverners competitions – the UK’s only national girls-only cricket competitions.

In a post-match interview the Downside team spoke of how supportive they were of each other throughout the games – an attitude that they say was key to their wins, along with determination, brilliant running partnerships, smart catching and accurate, clean bowling.

“Before the matches we agreed to be supportive of each other – that was our goal.” Downside U15s girls’ cricket squad

“Superb catches, brilliant bowling, outstanding running and a swashbuckling display of batting from our Somerset Pathway Fourth Former, Florence.” George Setterfield, Head of Cricket Development

Match 1: Royal High School 64-2 from 6 overs. Downside School 67-4 from 5.4 overs
Match 2: Prior Park College 74-2 from 6 overs. Downside School 75-5 from 5.4 overs

The Lady Taverners competitions, set up in 2003 and run by the English Cricket Board, have given over 75,000 girls the opportunity to participate in U11, U13 and U15 girls’ cricket, many for the first time. Almost half of the current England women’s squad have developed through the competitions, including Heather Knight OBE and Somerset born and bred Anya Shrubsole MBE.

The U15A girls will compete in the next round of the Lady Taverners Competitions at Downside on Thursday 6th February, as well as various fixtures over the coming months with other schools. They have also been entered into the Broderick Shield at Queen’s College, Taunton on 22nd May – a girls’ hardball competition for schools across the South West.