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

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

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

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 Photography

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

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 Photography

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

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 Photogr

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

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 Photography

The winning team sprint from the pitch in victory. Picture: Fiona McCarthy Photography - Credit: Archant

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 Photography

Maya James runs in for Harpenden Huskies 2. Picture: Fiona McCarthy Photography - Credit: Archant

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 McCart

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

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.