After being crowned County Cricket Champions across Years 7 and 8, the UVHS U14 (Year 9) team finally got the opportunity to play Sedbergh School’s Year 9 team in a 20/20 cricket game in May to put their skills to the test. Sedbergh are the premier cricketing school in Cumbria, so it is always good to test ourselves against a school who is always referred too as much better opposition. A lovely sunny afternoon and a very warm welcome from our hosts made for an enjoyable game. Batting first UVHS posted 81 runs all out from 17 overs. Losing our last 6 wickets for 3 runs was definitely not the plan and left us feeling a little dejected as we are a better batting side than we showed. Hasan. Z (27) and Jamie. B (22) both scored good twenties but some bad batting did not allow us to post a score worthy of the wicket, surroundings or our ability. The UVHS team started strongly when bowling with 2 early wickets to Luke Q and Will G to have our hosts reeling early on, but two dropped catches shortly after gave the Sedbergh opener (Wheatley) lifelines from which he would make us pay. Another wicket to Ted.S saw Sedbergh 3 down but our 81 runs was simply not a big enough total and Sedbergh passed our total for the loss of 3 wickets from 15.3 overs. This long awaited match was an enjoyable afternoon in beautiful surroundings but unfortunately our batting was simply not good enough on the afternoon. We tried hard in the field and had we had another 25-30 runs the result and game may have been much different.
Well done UVHS and thanks to Sedbergh School for hosting the match.
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.
On Thursday February 11 the UVHS U15 girls indoor cricket team travelled down to Furness College to participate in the area Lady Taverners Indoor Cricket Competition. Most of the girls had played previously and have had great success for the school over previous years, so expectations were high once again.
Our first game was against an old foe in Furness Academy. The Furness Academy staff and pupils like UVHS have been committed to girls cricket for a number of years and the game was played in the right spirit and demonstrated good all-round skills from both sets of players. We started well scoring 101 for 1 from our 8 overs with Megan.S, Ameyah.H & Megan. R all retiring for 20. Holly.P also pitched in with a good 17. We then managed to keep Furness Academy to 83 for 6 from their 8 overs. Holly.P, Megan.S and Ellie B all in the wickets.
Our second group game was against a good Chetwynde School team. Again we batted first and posted 87 for 4. Megan.S, Ameyah.H and Megan. R again batted well to retire on 20. We then hit our straps with the ball to bowl Chetwynde out for 22. Holly.P, Megan.S, Ameyah.H and Georgina.M all took wickets.
Winning our 2 games put us into the final again against Furness Academy who got the better of Chetwynde school in their group game. Our girls were confident and as reigning U15 county champions wanted another shot at the title this year. We batted first again scoring 94/2 with Megan.S, Ameyah.H, Georgina.M and Holly.P all scoring runs. Furness Academy then did their best and batted well but fell just 14 runs short of our total at 80 for 6. Megan.S, Georgina.M and Ellie B ensuring wickets fell regularly to win another area title for UVHS.
Great effort girls
On Tuesday 2nd February, UVHS U/13 cricket squad went to Furness College to play for a spot at the county indoor cricket competition in March. The first match was against Dowdales. Dowdales put up a good battle, but UVHS won their first game. The score ended up 57-6 Dowdales, 59-6 UVHS. The next game was UVHS versus Chetwynde. After a poor batting performance from UVHS, Chetwynde capitalised and won. The scores finished as UVHS 56-All out and Chetwynde 57-3.
After a short break UVHS played Walney and secured another win in an impressive fashion. Walney were all out for 31 and UVHS finished with the score of 69-6. That meant that UVHS claimed second spot.
After another short break, UVHS played Dowdales in the semi-final. It was another close game between the two sides but UVHS edged a win. The game finished Dowdales 54-6, UVHS 55-6. This meant that UVHS had progressed to the final. They played Chetwynde in the final and this time it was played on a full pitch (indoor). With a fantastic performance from the whole team we won! The final score was Chetwynde 79-3, UVHS 107-2. We got medals and a trophy for the school and advanced to Penrith for the County final.
The UVHS U13 cricketers got themselves out of bed very early on Thursday July 9 for another road trip to Workington CC for the U13 County Cricket Finals Day. The bus trip up the road to Workington did require a stop to clear a pale face or two but it was worth it. We had to get past Nelson Tomlinson in the Semi Final in the morning. Batting first UVHS scored 136/2 off our 20 overs with Luke Q and Jamie B both scoring good half centuries. We then managed to contain the Nelson Tomlinson batting and after 20 overs they finished 104/8. Ted S and Luke A taking 2 wickets a piece and Will G hit the stumps directly to run out their county opening batsman with a great piece of fielding. A quick 20 minute break and then we had to play Ullswater Community College (Penrith) who beat Keswick School in the other Semi for the trophy. They had 4 county players so we knew they were going to be tough opposition. This time winning the toss UVHS bowled first and fielded exceptionally well taking some great catches to have Ullswater all out in the 18th over for 86 runs. Our bowling was wayward though, giving them 31 extra’s (wides/no balls) so this score had we bowled well could and should have (harsh critic) been much lower. All bowlers chipped in with wickets but it was the fielding that kept the score to 86. When batting we set about the score well but their bowling was very good for U13 cricket. Luke A went early for 2 and then Jamie B for 3 to make things tense. Luke Q and Jordan M kept the scores ticking over and when Jordan lost his wicket we needed 31 off 7 overs. Ted S joined Luke Q and the 2 boys kept the runs coming but with 14 runs needed and 4 overs left Luke Q was caught for a good 39. Jack S (4 no) joined Ted (15 no) and these 2 played some nice shots over the next 2 overs to get us over the line at 87/4 with 2 over left to be crowned County U13 champions after being County U12 champions last year. Well done to the whole team for an excellent effort this school year. Can we make it three in a row next year.
July 6 saw a very early start for the UVHS U13 8 a side cricket team who had to travel across to York CC as the school representing Cumbria in the North of England 8 a side Cricket Championships after winning the County Competition some weeks earlier. The majority of this team made this very same journey some 12 months previous as Year 7 pupils playing in a Year 8 competition, so they knew they were hopefully not just there to make up the numbers this time around. Six schools from across the North of England made the trip with our group opponents being Hutton Grammar School from Preston (Lancashire) and St Thomas More (Central Manchester). Our opponents played each other first up which gave us a chance to watch and soon realised we were in with a real good shout of winning our group ‘if’ (yes if) we played good solid cricket from start to finish. Our first game against St Thomas More School was a good run out for the UVHS 8. Batting first we managed to score 73/2 from our 7 allocated overs. We then bowled out St Thomas More School for 35 to give us some good confidence going into our next group game knowing the winner would move onto the final. Batting first we started great, scoring freely and easily but we lost 2 wickets in the 5th over which stopped our scoring in its tracks. UVHS finished with a moderate 51 /5 from 7 overs and we knew we had left a good 10-20 runs on the field so needed to bowl and field excellently. We started brilliantly in the field making it very difficult for Hutton GS to score and after 4 overs they were 22/3. However a dropped catch in that 4th over and some wayward bowling saw the very batter dropped and his partner score freely from the next 2 overs to give Hutton the upper hand needing only 5 runs to win from the final over. The tension built as the first two balls went for nothing but a big swing at the third ball shattered the UVHS dream for the day as it sailed over the boundary for 6. School and life is about learning from your experiences and this was a good cricketing experience with an unfortunate ending, as I still believe we were the best team in the group but we did not play to our full potential when it mattered most. Our final game was for 3rd and 4th and a deflated UVHS team simply could not lift themselves up to fall 14 runs short of Alsegar School from Cheshire’s total of 68.
The team should be proud of their efforts. They are Barrow and Cumbrian Champions and the ‘4th best school in the North of England’, but I am going to say, knowing these kids and how they can play they are much better than 4th but will just have to live with the fact that on the day that is the best we could do.
Well done again Luke A, Luke Q, Jamie B, Ted S, Megan S, Jack S, Jordan M, Will G and Freddie B. The cricketing success you are helping bring to UVHS is great.
Can I personally thank Mr. Bob Simpson (Cumbria Crickets Development Manager) for helping me get the team across to York CC on the day as York is not your usual local fixture.
Having won our area indoor competition back in February, our U13 cricketers got the chance to play in and defend the U13 County 8 a side competition held at Carlisle CC on June 18. Our opposition on the day in this round robin format comp was from The Lakes School, West Lakes Academy and Trinity School. Having won this competition a year earlier with the same group of pupils, the UVHS team wasted no time in setting about winning our first two games very easily against The Lakes School and West lakes Academy. As with most round robin competitions our last game would decide the winner. Trinity School had a very good team also and had beaten the other schools also, so the seen was set for some quality cricket to be played. Batting first UVHS put 71 runs on the scoreboard in 7 overs but Trinity started well scoring freely, but UVHS managed to stem the flow of runs to keep the Carlisle school to 62 from their 7 overs and give UVHS a 9 run win. It is not often sporting teams get to defend and win the same competition two years in row. This win now allows UVHS to move onto the North of England Competition at York CC in early July.
Well done all.
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.