GIRLS from Hexham’s Queen Elizabeth High School have represented the North of England at the home of cricket.

The school’s U15 indoor cricket team qualified for a national competition at Lords after winning a regional tournament in Bolton, where they defeated strong county teams such as Yorkshire and Lancashire.

The standard of girls’ cricket at the national competition was outstanding.

Yet QEHS finished as the top state school in England and Wales, and among the top five schools overall, at the tournament.

P.E. teacher Graeme Armstrong, who led the team, said: “The QEHS team competed tremendously well and were an absolute credit to the school.

“This is an outstanding achievement by the girls and we are so proud of them, both in terms of how they played and the way they have conducted themselves throughout.”