A glorious afternoon saw UVHS U/15’s cricket team take on Millom School in the first round of the English Schools 20/20 comp at Ulverston CC. Millom are always tough opposition when it comes to cricket, but this did not faze the UVHS lads who really performed well with both bat and ball to dominate the game. UVHS skipper Owen Dryden won the toss and elected to bat first. Both Dryden and Thomas Gregg opened the batting, but with only 5 to his score and the score on 15, the UVHS captain was well caught bringing Ewan Coskin to the crease. The score flowed nicely along before Coskin was stumped for 12 making it 41 for 2. No.4 batsman Luke Oxenham strode to the wicket to join Thomas Gregg who was keeping the scoreboard ticking over nicely. The pair took the score to 68 before Oxenham was bowled for17 with one ball to go of the innings. This brought in Callum McElroy who managed a single from the final ball to give Ulverston a total of 69/3 from a revised 16 overs. Thomas Gregg carried his bat through the innings and finished with 18 not out.
Milloms innings started slowly with Capt Dryden and Jack Cairns bowling very tightly to have Millom behind the run rate early and after 4 overs Millom were 6/0. Luke Oxenham and Thomas Gregg were brought into the attack and the pair took wickets at regular intervals to have Millom really struggling on 18 for 3 from 8 overs. The Millom batsman realised they needed to push on and managed to hit a few well timed shots for boundaries, but in their push for runs lost wickets aswell to leave UVHS on top of the game. Oxenham’s 4 overs giving him figures of 12 for 2 and Gregg’s 4 overs tidy figures of 10 for 4. Cairns and Dryden both came back onto bowl the final 4 overs of the Millom innings and they held their nerve. The Millom innings finishing on 59/9 and a 10 run victory for UVHS. Dryden having figures of 9/1 from 4 and Cairns 11/0 off 4 good overs. The fielding was excellent throughout the 16 overs bowled at Millom with all the boys showing good determination and motivation. A really good win over a very strong cricketing school. Well done Lads.
On Tuesday the 30th April, a Yr 7 UVHS team came up against a very strong Millom School team in the first round of the Bunbury Cup. The game was played on Millom’s artificial wicket and in the right spirit. UVHS batted first and started with the worst possible start, losing a wicket to the very first ball of the innings, then another 2 wickets in the very next over leaving UVHS on 0 for 3. Daniel Horne and Danny Jones came together and gave our innings some backbone, before both getting out towards the end of our overs. After our allotted 16 overs UVHS had scored 37/8 and found the going very difficult against some excellent bowling by the Millom boys.
We started much better with the ball and Alistair Howie and Danny Jones bowled a good line and length in the early overs. Unfortunately for UVHS our bowling was a tad wayward at times after the early overs making Millom’s job much easier to get the required 38 for victory, which they did off 10 overs for the loss of 1 wicket. The 1 wicket fell to a really good catch by Danny Jones off the bowling of Alistair Howie, but our opposition was just too strong on the day.
March 25th saw the annual Girls Barrow Schools Inter Cricket Competition take place at the Park Leisure Centre in Barrow. Four schools had entered to play in this competition but on arriving, we were informed that only UVHS and Furness Academy would participate with the other schools pulling out at the last minute, which was very disappointing as our girls had practiced really hard to develop skills that they had not practiced before or play a game that only a few had played at primary school, therefore the game time they would have got on the day had now diminished.
UVHS’s team was a complete Year 7 team; therefore all the girls can back up again next year. To make up for the short fall in participants, the organisers of the day decided to run a development session during the morning to allow the girls to practice the skills of batting, bowling and fielding further and then be instructed for one last time on the rules for the days games.
As only two schools were now entered, a practice game to allow the girls to play a game to increase their understanding of the rules and implement their skills was played first before a final game that would decide the 2013 winners. The girls really performed well across both games, but like the boys were unfortunately out played by an older Furness Academy team who deserved the trophy.
To the girls credit they really worked hard and have improved immensely over the time we have been practicing and have expressed their desire to continue practicing and playing, so they are much more prepared for next year’s event. Girls, well done.
On the 18th March an UVHS team ventured down to compete against Furness Academy and Millom School in this annual competition. Inter Cricket is a fast and frantic 8 player per team game, adapted to be played indoor, uses a soft ball and much less protective equipment than ordinary cricket. It bridges the gap between kwik cricket played in primary school and full hard ball cricket played at both school and clubs.
Our team was a mixture of pupils from within Years 7 and 8. The boys had practiced after school for some weeks before, but unfortunately for us, all our hard work and efforts didn’t bring us any silverware on this occasion, as UVHS came up against 2 teams from Millom School and a Yr 8 team from Furness Academy who were simply stronger than UVHS on the day.
The bright part for UVHS is that we had a number of Year 7 boys in the team who have gained in the understanding of how the game is played indoors and will have gained in experience for next year’s competition. Across the summer term UVHS will be entered into three different cricket cup knockout competitions across Years 7 – 10 and will have a number of other fixtures arranged against different schools from the area, with our home games being played at Ulverston Cricket Club. Well done boys, we just need to keep practicing.