A mixed Year 8 team was entered into the South Lakes Indoor Cricket Tournament on Wednesday 29th April at Kendal Leisure Centre. The 8 player UVHS team was made up of 6 boys and 2 girls from our UVHS county and area winning boys and girls U13 teams who played games against Queen Katherine, Kirkbie Kendal and The Lakes Schools. Batting teams would start with 100 runs and build on that score but would lose 5 runs every time someone lost their wicket, so both innings had to be played out completely. Having not played against any of these 3 schools at area or county final competitions the team did not know their opposition but were confident of a result. Playing Queen Katherine first up, our opponents scored 167 runs in their innings. UVHS then set about their total compiling 197 runs and a first up win. Kirkbie Kendal were our next opponents and after scoring 203 runs kept the Kendal school to a very low 71 runs. Our final opponents in this competition were The Lakes School. UVHS score a good 199 runs when batting then kept The Lakes School to 110 in their innings, giving us a 3 from 3 100% record and the South Lakes Title.
Well done to Megan S, Holly P, Jamie B, Luke Q, Will G, Ted S, Vincent J and Jordan M on an excellent team performance.
Our U15 cricket team played their first round ESCA county knockout game on a grey and cold spring afternoon against a weakened Walney School team on Monday 27th April. The UVHS team was made up of pupils from across Years 8, 9 & 10. Bowling first we held the Walney School team to 66 for 3 from the pre-arranged 14 overs per innings. Luke A, Luke Q and Jamie B taking a wicket a piece from their allotted 3 overs. Will G and Alistair H bowled tidy spells to back up the wicket takers. As the clouds and the forecast rain rolled in, our batsman did not mess about in going after the 67 required for victory. Tom U fell for a good 10 runs before Matty P (26 no) and Sam H (9 no) set about building a partnership that would see the UVHS U15 team score a first up victory at 67 for 1 from 9 overs and move through to the 2nd round against either Millom or Dowdales Schools.
On Tuesday April 21st our UVHS U15 girls cricket team set off along the A590 and then down the M6, M61 and then into a huge traffic jam called Manchester before finally arriving at Lancashire’s Old Trafford cricket ground just after 9am. The U15’s were very enthusiastic which was great to see and they seemed ready to show off what they could do. Again it was a 2 group comp with semi’s and final to decide the winner of this Year 10 / U15 comp. UVHS were grouped with Queen Elizabeth High (Northumberland), Spalding High (Lincolnshire) and Ormskirk High (Lancashire) in our group. We started fantastically well to beat the Northumberland Champions in round 1 comfortably. (UVHS 2/112 v Queen Elizabeth 3/68). We played Spalding High in the second game but just did not bat or field as well within this game which was disappointing but the Lincolnshire school were a very good team (Spalding 5/114 v UVHS 6/83). Our last game was a learning experience against Ormskirk High who had two U16 England girl cricketers in their team and the rest of their team were very capable too, all being Yr 10 and although we tried hard, this game was always going to be a hard ask and the score at the end summed up the gulf between the two teams (Ormskirk 5/138 v UVHS 68). The U15’s mirrored the U13’s in that only winning 1 from 3 did not take us further, but all girls are available again next year for this U15 competition and hopefully a few more girls from within the school may want to give cricket a go and come along to further strengthen our girls cricket teams.
Well done girls on getting so far in this National Competition.
On Monday April 20th our U13 girls cricket team set off to participate in the Lady Taverners North of England Regional Cricket Championships at Lancashire County Crickets Old Trafford Indoor facility. Setting off just after 6am the U13 girls disappointingly did not play to their best and I don’t know if the early start or the occasion got to them but they really never got going or produced the type of performances as a team seen at both area or county comps which was a shame as the competition was very even and whoever turned up on the day playing good cricket was going to be tough to beat. This U13 comp was played in 2 groups of 4 and we got West Park School (Northumberland), Hetton School (Durham) and Clitheroe Grammar (Lancashire) in our group. We started the day against Hetton school in Round 1 and batting first posted an OK but not spectacular total where we did not score from 10 of our last 12 balls. Then our bowling produced more wides than usual to give our opposition free runs. The end result was a close 7 run loss (UVHS 2/71 v Hetton 1/78). Our second game was against Clitheroe Grammar who were a good team who ended up being beaten in the final. Again we just didn’t have that spark and missed scoring opportunities when we batted and in this indoor format 25 runs is not a lot, so again it was a case of what may have been (Clitheroe 4/100 v UVHS 4/75). Our last round game saw us finally settle a bit but were still only in second gear against West Park from Northumberland. After a tense game we managed a last over win which was a good finish for the girls (West Park 4/75 v UVHS 7/76). Winning only one game was not enough to get us into a semi-final, so we can only move on and keep practicing and look to achieve what we have done this year again next year but make every post a winner next year. During the day our girls did get the opportunity of having a close up look at the Old Trafford Cricket field and had a picture with Lancashire Player Liam Livingston who originates from Barrow.
Well done girls on getting so far in this National Competition.
On Thursday 16th April, 6 UVHS pupils set off early for Fleetwood Golf Course to take part in the first British Schools and Colleges Northern Golf Open with the big prize for the winning pair being an invitation to play in the British Schools Finals at The Dukes Course, St Andrews in May. Our pairs of Scott P / Luke Q (UVHS 1), Natasha S / David B (UVHS 2) and Scott W / Chris L (UVHS 3) were all keen and ready to play a very demanding links course. The competition was going to be tough on the day with the reigning British U16 Boys Champion and a host of other independent golfing schools in the field of 32 players, so the UVHS team would need to be at their very best to finish at the top of both individual and team leader boards.
Both myself and Mr. Taylor had the pleasure of escorting the team for the day and we watched our 6 pupils play some excellent golf. The pace of the greens for some added shots to each hole until they became more comfortable but their tee to green play on the whole was excellent, considering for most this was the first time they had played this course. The pupils played in mixed 3 ball groupings and had their individual scores added with their partners once completing their 18 holes and for a short period the UVHS 2 and 1 teams held the No 1 and 2 spots respectively on the team leader boards. But as the scores came in, others had played excellent golf also to push the UVHS pairs out of the first 3 positions. However, Natasha S held on to the girls best gross prize with a fine score of 76 (3 over par) and Natasha S and David B (UVHS 2) finished a fantastic 4th and Scott P and Luke Q (UVHS 1) a credible 9th overall from 16 teams entered. Individually in the gross competition against the course par of 72 (boys) 73 (girls) (without handicap adjustments) Natasha S 76 (1st girls section and 7th Overall), David B 78 (10th Overall) and Luke Q 83 (17th overall) and the Nett Competition (after handicap score adjustments) Luke Q 83 -17=68 (4 under / 5th), David S 78-8=70 (2 under / 10th) and Natasha S 76-2=74 (1 over / 20th). Scott P (86-6=80), Scott W (87-7=80) and Chris L (94-15=79) also all played some excellent golf on the day. This is the first time for some time UVHS has played competitive schools golf and after the way our pupils have performed in this tournament hopefully further opportunities can be found to give our golfers further opportunities to excel at this very rewarding but difficult sport.
Top 10 team Scores and Top 25 Individual Scores Below along with Natasha receiving her award.
On March 25th, 9 girls from across years 8 and 9 travelled the M6 looking to emulate their U13 counterparts only days earlier and become U15 Lady Taverner’s County Indoor Cricket Champions. For the 5 Year 9 girls in the team (Megan. R, Lucy. C, Georgina. M, Rebecca. F and Freya. C) this competition was reward for persistence more than anything as they had continued on from 3 years earlier when as Year 7 pupils, they introduced themselves to cricket for the first time. Our competition this day came from Ullswater Community College, Caldew, William Howard and the always impressive Appleby Grammar who had beaten the UVHS girls over the past 2 years at U13 level. The UVHS girls started well with a good win over Ullswater CC. Batting first UVHS scored 96 runs from our 8 overs then kept our opponents to 48 runs. Caldew were next in line in this round robin format and the UVHS girls really set about their bowling scoring an impressive 121 runs from 8 overs and then keeping Caldew to just 60 runs. Two from two and things were going nicely. It was then that the UVHS girls had to face their nemesis in Appleby. The Appleby team were athletic and a lot bigger than the UVHS girls, but as David did to Goliath, UVHS did to Appleby. Batting first the UVHS girls built a total of 86 runs from 8 overs and we knew the next 8 overs would decide the U15 County Champions for this year. Appleby started strongly, but slowly and surely the UVHS girls excellent bowling and fielding got them home to restrict Appleby to 72 runs only. All that was between the UVHS girls and the title was William Howard school in the last round match and we were not going to fumble the trophy and hand it to Appleby on this occasion. Batting first the Ulverston girls hit an impressive 105 runs from 8 overs and then kept William Howard to just 45 runs and after 3 years of practice and dedication for some in this team the bridesmaids had become the brides, whilst for the 4 Year 8 girls in the team (Megan. S, Amelia. T, Alice. F and Holly. P) a double celebration. Our U15 team had become County champions along with the U13 team only days earlier and now they also get the opportunity of visiting Lancashire’s Emirates Old Trafford to represent Cumbria in the North of England Regional Championships in April.
Girls I am very proud of your efforts, well done.
On March 20, 9 girls from across Year 7 and 8 travelled to Penrith leisure Centre for the Lady Taverners County Girls U13’s Indoor Cricket Competition. We were one of seven schools in this competition which had 2 groups, with the winners of each group having to play a final. In our group were Ullswater Community College, William Howard and Appleby Grammar schools. Our first game was against William Howard and batting first scored 119 for 0 in our 8 overs. A brilliant effort. Then UVHS bowled and fielded excellently to bowl out William Howard for just 31. Our second game saw UVHS go up against reigning champions Appleby. Batting first we managed to restrict Appleby to 52 for 6 before again not losing a wicket chasing their score to be 54 for 0. Our third group game against Ullswater was a dominant affair with our girls bowling out Ullswater for 35, before going past their total not losing a wicket again at 36 for 0. Three games and not losing a wicket batting was a truly great achievement and our bowling was not bad either. Having got through our group, it was QEGS of Penrith who awaited us in the final. They had dominated their group and a truly epic final was on the cards. Batting first our girls played beautifully and although QEGS were a much better bowling side than the schools previously, UVHS still managed 102 for 2 from 8 overs. Our girls were bouncing after this performance but QEGS still had to bat and bat they did. We did not bowl or field badly but QEGS took it to us and managed to replicate our score of 102 but for the loss of 8 wickets. The aging process for myself and Miss McKenny was clear for all to see but to our delight only losing 2 wickets to QEGS 8 in the final gave us the title of U13 Lady Taverners Indoor Cricket Champions and the chance to represent our region of Cumbria at the North of England regional championships at Lancashire’s Emirates Old Trafford Indoor Centre at the end of April. Well done girls on fantastic efforts all round.