Denver’s Ladies Taverners silver-medal winning team at Great Melton.

CRICKET: Denver fielded an all-girls team for the first time in the Lady Taverners u11 softball competition at Great Melton. 

The players have been part of the club’s Dynamos programme, for eight to 11-year-olds) and did Denver proud, finishing second overall.

A spokesman said: “The whole club is extremely proud of their achievement.”

With the introduction of the Hundred by the ECB in this year, there has been a much larger focus on woman’s cricket. 

The team had a last-minute training session on pairs cricket rules and arrived at Great Melton in good spirits, if a little nervous. 

The nerves were quickly set aside when the first game started and they beat Great Melton in their opener after scoring 242. Great Melton were restricted to 231 in reply.

Next up were Old Buckenham, who batted first and scored 231. Denver initially struggled to get going and needed a late surge to score the winning runs off the last ball of the innings.

In their final round-robin game, Denver faced an experienced Brooke side, who rattled up 281. Despite Denver’s best efforts they managed only 221 in response.

The final paired Denver with Brooke again. This time Denver batted first and scored another 221. The Denver girls batted first this time and scored well, however, Brooke demonstrated their experience, chasing down the score to win with 288. 

Denver chairman, Kevin Cornwell said “It was a great effort by everyone involved in coaching the girls.

“It’s brilliant for the club just to put out a team, let alone to do so well.”