This summer, The Yorkshire Girls County Age Group teamed up with Krimpterm to provide a group of 40 U13 players with extra development and a chance to play in the inaugural Amrutaj Cup sponsored by Krimpterm.

The partnership allowed the girls to experience red and white ball formats with extra coaching and games put on to expand their growing knowledge and skills. The summer culminated on September 4 where the 2022 Amrutaj Cup/trophy was played between two age group teams.

The Amrutraj Cup/trophy honours the fathers of two of the Krimpterm Directors who have sadly recently passed away. Both were huge Yorkshire fans and loved cricket. Their sons, the Directors of the firm/Krimpterm, Darshan Patel and Anand Shah wanted to pay tribute to them by naming the U13 girls competition in their honour.

The final was played at Woodhouse Grove School, Bradford and was a two innings game with 20 overs per innings being played. The format allowed all the players opportunity to bat and bowl and was umpired by coaches Rob Johnson, Lizzie Dillam, Eleanor Smith and Leah Burkinshaw with assistance from U15 CAG players Isabel Fisher and Sarah Wood.

The tournament tried to replicate the professional game as much as possible with the player walking out to music and a crowd in attendance.

The Yorkshire Roses won the toss and elected to bat first making 86 in the innings with captain Matilda White making 30 while Maddie Blackburn took five wickets for the Yorkshire Emeralds. The Emeralds then made a first innings score of 105, Innes Blackwell 44 and Molly Gamble taking
three wickets. After the lunch break the Roses made 119 in their second 20 over with all the batters making contributions and wickets shared between the Emerald bowlers’. This set a winning target of 101 for the Emeralds to make in their second innings who unfortunately fell 12 runs short making 89.

The inaugural Amrutraj Cup/trophy went the way of Yorkshire Roses in what turned out to be a close contest. Captain Matilda White received the Player of the Match award for her all-round performance and captaincy skills.

The Yorkshire Girls County Age Group would like to thank Krimpterm for their support during the 2023 season.

Yorkshire County Cricket Club’s Business Development Director, Maroof Khan: “Such initiatives are fantastic for the development of girls and women’s cricket in the region, We are fortunate to have KrimpTerm working with us and committing to the growth of our future women cricketers.”

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