Leys lay down cricket marker

A Cambridgeshire school has claimed one of the first major scalps of the School Sport Magazine National Schools U18 Girls T20 Cricket Cup.

Ley’s School turned in a superb all-round performance to defeat Ipswich School, one of the pre-season favourites for the competition.

Batting first, Nina Jerman top-scored with 34 as her side reached 150-5 in their 20 overs before Hannah Howland’s 3-21 helped reduce Ipswich to 81 all out as Leys reached the last 16 in style.

Also in the Midlands division, Wymondham College got the better of their Norfolk neighbours Gresham’s School by seven wickets.

Niamh Rushton took 3-12 as Gresham totalled 112-6 with 55 from Grace Hanworth-Knights before Emma Thompson’s unbeaten 64 saw Wymondham home.

Joining them will be Berkhamsted School who enjoyed a 62 run victory over Felsted, who were bowled out for 51 with Gabi Palmer taking 3-12.

Down in the west country, Millfield (163-6) progressed to the last 16 with a 60 run victory over Wellington School (103-8).

Joining them will be Clifton College who again had Bea Willis to thank with an unbeaten 71 as they beat St Helen & St Katharine School (81) by 67 runs

In the U15 cup, Perse School won two games in a week to surge into the last 16, beating Leys School by eight wickets and Oundle School by five wickets.

Elsewhere, King’s College Taunton proved too strong for county rivals Taunton School, scoring 115-5 before bowling their opponents for just 43 to win by 72 runs.

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