The Long Room at Headingley hosted the Yorkshire Girls presentation of awards for 2022.

Amongst the 250 attending were players and parents from the 4 age groups, u11s, u13s, u15s and u18s.

James Carr, Northern Diamonds Regional Director, brought along the Rachel Heyhoe-Flint Trophy and spoke about the Diamonds’ regional structure and Yorkshire’s place within it.

The U11 age group involved over 30 players throughout the season and there were worthy winners of awards. Extra individual awards went to exceptional performances at the Scarborough College festival. One of the captains used during the summer, Chiara Kariyawasan, took the microphone and recapped the season to the packed audience.

U11 awards presented by Northern Diamonds player Emma Marlow.

Batting – Libby Ashurst and Pippa MacLelland
Bowling – Tyler Saunders and Eva Venn
Fielding – Sophia Byrne
Player’s Player of the Year – Anishka Nayak
Scarborough Festival – Evie Hopper and Jasmine Dortona

There were even more girls involved, over 40, within the u13 set up as a number of inter-squad days took place giving the players opportunities to play in different formats (including 2 innings games). Captain Maiya Charlesworth talked about the season and its highlights.

U13 awards presented by Northern Diamonds player Phoebe Turner.

Batting – Ines Blackwell, Amelia Love and Matilda White
Bowling – Navya Gutta and Florence Kibler
Player’s Player of the Year – Ines Blackwell
Scarborough Festival – Maddie Blackburn

Taking the microphone for the U15 age group were the duo of Tilly Thomas and Molly Abraham who entertained and informed about the season highlights. The summer saw 28 players involved and 2 teams attending the Malvern festival for the first time in a number of years.

U15 awards presented by Northern Diamonds and Scotland player Rachel Slater.

Batting – Olivia Kibler and Emma Bailey
Bowling – Kate Cooper and Ellis Rawlin
Fielding – Frances Diver
Player’s Player of the Year – Abigail Robinson
Malvern Festival – Amelia Oliver

The u18s came close in the county competitions and acquitted themselves well against more experienced teams and the development made over 2022 should lay a platform for the 2023 season. The 2 captains for the season, Annie Brown and Frances Lonsdale, spoke well about the summer.

U18 awards also presented by Rachel Slater

Batting – Erin Thomas
Bowling – Lucy Lindley
Fielding – Jess Thompson
Player’s Player of the Year – Elicia Pollard

The evening concluded with the Northern Diamonds CHAMP awards for each age group with the Regional Talent Manager, Courtney Winfield-Hill, doing the honours.

U11s – Lily Newman
U13s – Izzy Fidler
U15s – Imaan Effendi
U18s – Leah Burkinshaw

The number of talented girls involved during the summer pays tribute to the work being doing at club level to grow the female game. This is also reflected by the number of players being nominated for observation sessions prior to selection to the winter programme with nearly 300 registered. The future is bright!

Many thanks to Al-Murad and KrimpTerm for their continued support for Yorkshire Girls County Age Group cricket.

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