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.