The UVHS U15 girls indoor cricketers made it 2 Cumbria County wins in a row when they travelled to Penrith Leisure Centre to take part in the 2016 Lady Taverners County Inter Cricket Finals. A disappointing finals turn out saw only Appleby School and runners up from the Barrow area competition Furness academy arrive to make this a 3 team competition. A double round robin was the competition format meaning we would play both schools twice. Our first game was against Appleby who have been considerably strong over recent years. Batting first UVHS posted 123 runs from our 8 overs with Amelia T, Holly P and Ameyah H all retiring on 15. Although the UVHS girls have bowled much better in the local comp, the Appleby girls could only score 83 in reply. Batting first in our 2nd game against local rivals Furness Academy, we score 125 runs from 8 overs with Amelia T, Holly P, Georgina M & Ellie B all retiring this time around. Again our bowling was well below par but the Furness Academy girls could only score 71. Our 3rd game against Appleby was much closer with the UVHS girls struggling in the middle overs and posted a relatively low score of 78. Our bowling needed to be much straighter than the first 2 games we had played and although Appleby batted well, the UVHS girls managed to allow only 64 runs to be scored to make it 3 wins from 3. As Furness Academy had beaten Appleby in their 2 games they had played, UVHS had to win their final game against the girls from Barrow to make it 4 from 4 and 2 U15 Indoor County wins in successive years. Batting first again, the UVHS girls batted well to score 113 runs from their 8 overs with Megan S, Amelia T, Holly P and Ameyah H all retiring for 15. In return Furness Academy batted well but could only score 84. Well done girls.
On Thursday March 3, the British Schools and Colleges Northern Links Trophy was held at Fleetwood GC. The days before this competition saw very heavy rain flooding some areas of this links course, closing one hole completely only allowing for a 17 hole event and a par 69. Natasha S, David B and Luke Q represented UVHS with Natasha and David being entered as the pairs team. All 3 pupils represent the county with Natasha also representing England Girls. Arriving early in time to allow for the pupils to warm-up, we were informed that tee times had been put back 30 min which turned into 45 minutes by the time all 3 had tee’d off, so on a cold morning was not ideal. Over the day Natasha (69 gross) and David (71 gross) handled the late start and the conditions extremely well. David’s score could have been something really special had he come to terms with the speed on the greens. Luke (89 gross) battled on well but did not play to his best after having some bad holes early on. A long, cool day was an overall success for UVHS who were up against some extremely strong golfing schools. Natasha won the girls gross prize for the second year in succession, whilst our team of Natasha and David came a very respectable 3rd from 23 teams.
Well done Natasha, David and Luke for your efforts.