Ashes treat for Chance to Compete girls

Chance to Shine are spicing things up for their Chance to Compete secondary schools competition in 2013 as finalists in the new Under 13 girls’ softball competition will battle it out on the same pitch that the England Women’s Ashes Test had been played on only a few hours earlier.

The final will be played at Wormsley Cricket Ground on the 14th August 2013 and the lucky cricketers will get to watch the Ashes match and could get the chance to meet the England squad.

The star-studded showdown is just one of the many tournaments that will take place in secondary schools and will mark the second successful year of the Chance to Compete scheme.

The competition was launched nationwide in 2012 by the Cricket Foundation with the aim to give secondary state school children an opportunity to play hard-ball, competitive cricket. The competition plays a key part in the major new investment in Chance to Shine from Sport England.

Last year’s final, which came down to a dramatic last ball victory, saw Former England and Warwickshire bowler Gladstone Small give tips to the next generation of cricketers alongside England Women’s players Caroline Atkins and Beth Morgan.

The Under 13’s mixed hardball competition will continue from 2012, alongside a new Under 15’s tournament.

Both age groups will culminate their competition at a county ground on Friday 13th September after regional play-off finals. There are no restrictions apart from boys playing county age group will not be eligible.

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