Nesbeth a sporting superstar’ for Bede’s
LeiLanni Nesbeth has starred for Bede’s School in two other sports, setting a triple jump record and then helping their cricket team win the Under-18 Ruth Prideaux Cup final.
Nesbeth, more known for her football exploits, set a record for the triple jump at the Sussex Independent Diamond League meet last weekend when she posted a winning leap of 10.41 metres. She also placed second in the long jump.
On Monday, Nesbeth helped Bede’s win the Independent Schools Sussex Cricket Cup with a five-wicket victory over Hurst School.
Nesbeth, who will be the school’s deputy head girl during the next academic year, starred with the bat scoring 51 as Bede’s chased down Hurst’s total of 144 for nine off 20 overs. Nesbeth, batting at No 3, shared in a second-wicket stand of 115 off 15 overs with opener Elise Sutherland who scored 64.
Nesbeth batted until the 20th over when she was run out, with Bede’s needing four runs to win off the last three balls. They won the match on the last ball, scoring 146 for five.
“LeiLanni is a superstar for us,” coach Petch Lenham said. “She is the most superb competitor at Bede’s.
“She batted Bede’s into a match-winning position. It was a great game and Bede’s played superbly. LeiLanni was outstanding, her attitude, her energy, her desire to win, and to compete, is phenomenal. Football grabs LeiLanni but Sussex [County Cricket Club] would love her to play cricket. She is so natural — and what a competitor.”
Nesbeth was a member of the Bermuda football team which played in the Concacaf Women’s Under-17 Championship in Florida, this month. She plans to attend Florida State University after graduating from Bede’s.
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