A TEAM of girl cricketers from Ponteland Middle School put up a good showing when representing the North of England in a national competition.
The nine Year Six pupils narrowly missed out on a place in the semi-final of the Asda Kwik Cricket finals at Leicestershire County Cricket Club on Monday.
They won one of their group games but lost a second by just three runs to deny them a place in the last four.
Teacher Stephen Salter said: “The girls are obviously gutted about not qualifying for the semi-finals.
“But they are also very proud that they are in the top 10 best teams in the country.”
The team members are: Francesca Burrin, Jessica Farnham, Lauren Beales, Holly Huntley, Katrina Sanders, Victoria Lynch, Madeleine Reynard, Emily Large and Rebekah Wilson.
To get to the national finals the 11-year-olds first had to see off opposition from five other schools to win the area finals.
They then took the county title at Stocksfield CC after beating 12 other teams.
In the regional finals they won the right to represent the North of England after beating off competition from all over the North East and Cumbria.