Harpenden’s first-ever girls’ cricket festival shows how women’s game is flourishing

PUBLISHED: 14:56 28 June 2018

Winners and runners-up celebrate together. Picture: Fiona McCarthy Photography

Winners and runners-up celebrate together. Picture: Fiona McCarthy Photography

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Harpenden Cricket Club threw open its doors for a first ever girls’ festival to be held on the Common – and organisers hailed it an instant success.

Winners and runners-up celebrate together. Picture: Fiona McCarthy PhotographyWinners and runners-up celebrate together. Picture: Fiona McCarthy Photography

In total seven teams, made up from six Hertfordshire cricket clubs and consisting of nearly 60 players, took part in the event.

Amelia Cloake makes a smart run out for Harpenden Huskies 2. Picture: Fiona McCarthy PhotographyAmelia Cloake makes a smart run out for Harpenden Huskies 2. Picture: Fiona McCarthy Photography

The teams battled through nine games to provide a finishing table and two finalists.

Winning co-captains Abi Wright and Abbie Hitchen pick up the trophy. Picture: Fiona McCarthy PhotographyWinning co-captains Abi Wright and Abbie Hitchen pick up the trophy. Picture: Fiona McCarthy Photography

Fittingly the two teams fighting it out for the crown were the two Huskies sides from the host club.

The winning team sprint from the pitch in victory. Picture: Fiona McCarthy PhotographyThe winning team sprint from the pitch in victory. Picture: Fiona McCarthy Photography

It brought family rivalry into sharp relief with sisters from more than one family finding themselves on opposite sides.

Maya James runs in for Harpenden Huskies 2. Picture: Fiona McCarthy PhotographyMaya James runs in for Harpenden Huskies 2. Picture: Fiona McCarthy Photography

But in the end the A team got the better of their younger rivals by 49 runs with Holly Glynn-Davies and Amelia Cloake taking the most valuable player awards for either side.

Winning co-captains Abi Wright and Abbie Hitchen snatch a single in the final. Picture: Fiona McCarthy PhotographyWinning co-captains Abi Wright and Abbie Hitchen snatch a single in the final. Picture: Fiona McCarthy Photography

The other teams involved were Berkhamsted, Flamstead, Herts All Stars (a mixed team), Abbots Langley and Grand Union, a combination of the Hemel Hempstead Town and Boxmoor clubs.

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