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Tuesday, 04 October 2011
Year 9 pupil Nalisha Patel, who plays for the Under 13
Lancashire County Girls Cricket team, has been voted player of the
season! It was a double celebration for Nalisha as the Lancashire
Girls U13s also triumphed as National Champions for 2011, after
beating Sussex in the final.
Nalisha, U13 all rounder (top order batter and off spin bowler),
has been representing the County for three years now and hopes to
officially move up to the U15 team next season. She received her
award at the Lancashire Cricket Board Development of Excellence
Presentation Evening in September with 450 players and parents in
attendance. Lancashire Cricket Board's Director Andrew Hayhurst
presented the evening with John Heaton (Lancashire Schools Cricket
Association Secretary) and John Stanworth (Academy Director).
Guests of honour were: Geoff Ogden Lancashire's Cricket Chairman,
Cricket Director Mike Watkinson, Head Coach Peter Moores, First
Team Captain Glen Chapple and First Team Player Karl Brown.
The Lancashire Cricket Board were impressed with Nalisha's
performance: "Nalisha has had a tremendous season with both
Lancashire at U13 and U15 levels. She has performed with both bat
and ball, showing her all rounder status. She has batted at 3 and
has put in some match winning innings, most memorable 91 v Cumbria
following it up with 4 wickets with her off spin. Her bowling has
improved greatly this year, she has shown control and maturity when
bowling especially in the Finals at Derby. Nalisha has made the
step up to U15s County and also is playing regularly for Bolton
Women's team where her best figures were 3 for 5. Her continued
drive to perform, improve and wear the red rose has meant she has
excelled as an all rounder in 2011."
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