On a sunny May 21st, the annual Yr 7 Barrow Schools 8 a side cricket competition took place at Furness Cricket Club. The overall winner would progress to the county President’s Trophy finals day at the end of June, but we would have group games to encounter before thinking of the final and a chance of progressing. Unfortunately, the UVHS group lost a team on the morning of the competition when Dowdales had to pull out, which increased our chances of making the final but we would need to beat Walney in a best of 3 game group stage first. As Chetwynde, St Bernards and Furness Academy battled it out in the other group, we managed to beat Walney in our first match quite comfortably. The second game however was much closer, but we still managed to overcome an improving Walney team to progress to the final. Awaiting us would be Furness Academy who dominated their group and were strong favourites to win. With teams starting their inning with 200 runs and losing 5 runs for each wicket lost, batters would bat in pairs for 2 overs and bowlers would bowl an over each in ability order from lowest to highest to make the competition between players fair. Batting first the UVHS 8 managed to score 210 (or 10 runs only from 8 overs in proper cricket terms). Somehow we managed to stay in the game with some tight bowling and good fielding and with 2 overs left Furness Academy found themselves still needing 15 runs to win. A tight 7th over was bowled and Furness Academy required 10 to win from the final over. Wickets from the first and fourth balls sealed a very unlikely win leaving the Furness Academy team on 197 runs (or -3). We now progress onto the President’s in June.
Well done boys.