After beating four schools to get to the final of this Cumbria wide competition in which 32 schools entered, only West Lakes Academy stood in the way of UVHS U12 cricket team and the Bunbury Cup County Knockout Trophy. After some problems getting a date arranged with both UVHS and West Lakes Academy have prior commitments across the previous week, West Lakes Academy were happy to venture down to Southern Cumbria to play the final at Ulverston CC. The field was a picture, although clouds looked menacing in the distance. Fortunately, blue sky and sunshine won through and West Lakes Academy won the toss and sent UVHS in to bat. Most finals bring some tension and it was UVHS who found ourselves in a spot of bother early on loosing both openers (Luke A and Jordan M) for ducks. The fielding team had their tails up at that point and some very humorous one liners from the West Lakes Academy fielders greeted the two new batsmen at the crease with each shot they played (“He’s swinging like the sixties” and my personal favourite “This kids had more missus than Henry VIII”). Luke Q and out trying to add last minute runs for 2. Alfie D and Will M saw the innings out and from our 20 overs UVHS had scored 94/6. The team were in good spirits after posting a reasonable total and UVHS knew that West Lakes had a few good county age batsman. Luke A opened the bowling and within the space of an over had clean bowled their opening batsman with a in-swinging yorker. Luke Q opened from the other end and he managed a wicket with his first delivery to have the opposition batsman in a spin. There were no one liners from the UVHS team just a hunger for wickets. Luke A’s next over brought 2 more wickets and Luke Q chipped in with another leaving the West Lakes team 2 runs for 4 wickets. Luke A’s next over brought another 2 wickets and the final was as good as won. The score line at that point was 3 runs for 7 wickets. Ted S came on to dazzle the opposition batters with his leg break to claim 2 further wickets in just under 2 overs and Megan S bowled a very tidy over which also claimed a wicket leaving West Lakes Academy all out for 8 runs. Luke A finished with figures of 5/2 off 3 overs, Luke Q 2/1 off 2overs, Ted S 2/1 off 1.2 overs and Megan S 1/1 off 1 over. This was a wonderful all-round performance by a team that has beaten all who have come before them this year. They have practiced hard and enjoyed themselves along the way. Well done team, you have been a credit to our school.
On Monday 16th June UVHS U13 boys eight a side cricket team travelled to Appleby CC to take part in the final of the Chance to Shine U13 eight a side cricket final. The team qualified to play in the final back in February by finishing runners up to Chetwynde in the Barrow and District Indoor Inter Cricket Final. UVHS and Appleby Grammar School were the 2 schools to take part in the final as William Howard School withdrew on the day. The format for this game was changed to allow both sides to play 9 players instead of the usual 8 and the organiser decided to make this game a 2 innings game with scores from each innings accumulating to allow more cricket to be played which was great. UVHS batted first and scored a very useful 78/1 from our 8 first innings overs which was a brilliant effort. Appleby Grammar then compiled 55/6 in their first innings giving UVHS a 33 run lead. Our second innings could have not gone much better with all players hitting the ball cleanly from the start and at the end of our second innings had scored 85/1 and a massive 163/2 across our 2 innings. Appleby Grammar knew they were up against it and could not match the UVHS hunger and spirit and were bowled out for just 14 in their second innings to give this young team a massive 94 run win and the title of U13 Chance to Shine County Champions and an opportunity to represent Cumbria at the North of England Chance to Shine Cricket Championships at York Cricket Club on July 9.
On Tuesday 17th June, UVHS U12 (Yr 7) cricket team travelled to Carlisle to take on independent day school Austin Friar’s in the semi-final of the Cumbria County School Associations Bunbury Cup. UVHS lost the toss and were sent into bat and were in trouble early on when Jordan.M (0) was involved in a silly run out and then Luke.Q (5) was out to a good catch, leaving us 15/2. But then Luke.A and Jamie. B settled the ship building a good partnership before Jamie.B was caught for a well compiled 32. This bought Will.G to the wicket to join Luke.A and the pair continued to put runs on the board. Luke.A then fell to another good catch for 31. Will.M then joined Will.G and this pair batted very sensibly for the remainder of our 20 overs and give us a total of 139/4. Will.G finishing 31n.o and Will.M 11n.o. UVHS then took to the field and Austin Friars started very well hitting boundaries with ease across the first 4 overs. The 5th and 6th overs then turned the game on its head. Luke.A bowled Austin Friars hard hitting opener and then Ted.S bowling leg breaks, took 2 wickets and Jamie.B hit the stumps directly running out another to have Austin Friars reeling at 4/30. Four more overs went by and further wickets fell which allowed some of the boys who did not get the chance to bat to have a bowl and take part in the game. In the end all 10 UVHS players apart from the wicketkeeper had bowled at least one over as Austin Friars School struggled to 90/9 from their alloted 20 overs. This was a great effort by the UVHS boys who now move onto play in the final at Keswick CC on Thursday June 26.
On thursday June 12, UVHS Yr 7 Rugby league team travelled to Millom Rugby league Club to play St.Benedict’s School from Whitehaven in the Yr 7 County Rugby league Final. Travelling by bus with the Yr 10 team who also made their final, there was a mixture of apprehension and excitment amongst our young team. St.Benedicts had teams in the Yr 7, 8 & 10 finals, so we knew the game was going to be a hard one. UVHS started well scoring early on when Harry. R, moved through the St.Benedicts defense to score out wide and make the score 4-0. Jack. S was unable to covert. Then a few errors and some lazy defence allowed St.Benedicts to creep back into the game and score 2 converted trys and a thoroughly deserved 12 – 4 lead. On the stroke of halftime a good attacking move by UVHS saw Luke.Q score in the corner which took us in at halftime 4 points behind at 12-8. Belief and discipline was the halftime talk and the boys knew they had 20 minutes to turn the score line around. The second half started and it was a real nip and tuck affair with both teams making good ground into their opponents half. Ulverston then surged forward and Harry.R again crossed the whitewash to give him his second try for the match and UVHS the lead for the first time since early in the first half. Jack.S converted the try and we had a 14-12 lead. The UVHS parents got louder and their support was invaluable throughout the game. From the restart a passing error gave St.Benedicts the ball deep inside our half and although we defended brilliantly, a kick across field found a St.Benedicts player who evaded our defence to score a try out wide. Fortunately the try was not converted and with 5 minutes remaining St.Benedicts held a slim 2 point advantage 16-14. The UVHS boys knew it was now or never and some really strong defensive work forced errors from their opponents and with 2 minutes remaining UVHS found tthemselves with the ball deep inside the St.Benedicts half. Some strong runs from Rhys. B, Alfie. D, Jamie B & Jack.S, layed the platform and then UVHS threw the ball outwide to find Izaak.F who with blistering pace evaded their defence to score in the corner and give UVHS a two point lead at 18-16 with just under a minute left on the clock. Jack.S could not convert from outwide and we knew we just had to hold onto the ball to be crowned champions and that is exactly what we did to beat a very good St.Benedicts Yr 7 team 18 – 16. Harry. S was deservedly named man of the match. All the boys who have turned up to practice and play this year have been simply fantastic from our first game loss to Walney School to being crowned kings of Yr 7 Rugby league in Cumbria. They have trained hard, listened and enjoyed building a real team ethos. Can Mr.Pearson and myself also thank Jon Stephenson and Mr. Armstrong for giving their time to assist us with training the team. Also Sports leaders Eric Hill, Rowan Smedley and Will Coles for helping within training sessions too. Lastly, the support from parents has been fantastic throughout the year. We definitely had an extra player at most games and it certainly gave the kids that incentive when parents are there watching, so thank you to parents who have supported throughout the year and at the final.
This 3rd round game was within 15 minutes of being cancelled close to lunch, then the rain eased and eventually stopped. UVHS played St.Bernards in this 3rd round game needing to win to claim a semi-final position within this competition. St.Bernards won the toss and elected to bat on a balmy afternoon at Ulverston CC. As rain was still in the air and black clouds were everywhere, the teams agreed to 14 overs each. Again UVHS struggled to bowl a consistent line giving St.Bernards easy runs through wides and no balls, but took wickets consistently along the way to restrict St.Bernards to 45/6 off their 14 overs. Luke. A with 3/3 off 4 overs was the stand out bowler. UVHS strength has been their batting and although we lost Luke. A early to a silly run out for 3, both Jordan. M and Luke. Q set about the target of 46 on a difficult wicket with maturity. With 3 runs required Luke. Q top edged a pull shot and was caught for 9, leaving Jordan. M (12 no) and Jamie. B (0 no) to get the required runs leaving UVHS on 47/2 off 10.2 overs. UVHS now move on to play a school from the North of the County in the semi-final of the Bunbury Cup with the final due to be played on June 19 at Keswick CC. Again, well done to all who participated.
The one school you have to play and beat to move on in any cricket competition within Cumbria is Millom School. On a glorious June 3 afternoon, UVHS U/12’s did just that to move onto the 3rd round of this Cumbria wide cricket comp. Millom batted first and scored 67 runs for the loss of 3 wickets from their alotted 16 overs. All of Milloms wickets were run outs with some good fielding by the team, but our bowling was well below par on this occasion. We then batted with authority to score 68 runs for the loss of 2 wickets in 12 overs. Luke. A and Jordan. M got our innings going with 10 and 16 respectively and were well backed up by Luke. Q (10no) and Jamie. B (11no) The team now moves onto to play St.Bernards in the 3rd Round of the Bunbury Cup at Ulverston CC. Well done.