Yorkshire Cricket Finalists!
On Friday 17th March 2017 the under 13 Cricket team of Chloe Dennis, Elliot Hatton, Louis Hart, Ted Traves, Joe Pratley, Toby Ivens-Lee, Shane Tyers and Arnie Tindall travelled to Headingly Stadium, Leeds for the Yorkshire indoor finals. To get to this stage meant that the team were ranked within the top eight Schools in the entire county which by itself is an amazing achievement. The finals were set out into two groups of four with the top two teams progressing to the knockout phase. We had Fulford School (York), King Ecgbert School (Sheffield) and Ralph Thoresby School (Leeds) in our group.
A good fielding effort in our first group match against Fulford School saw us restrict them to 76 runs which gave us a very good chance of getting an opening victory. A well timed run chase threatened to falter as wickets began to fall and runs began to dry up towards the end of the innings. Joe Pratley and Ted Traves were tasked with getting the team over the line in a tense and nervous last over and Joe Pratley duly delivered the winning runs off the final ball of the match.
In our second match we came up against King Ecgbert knowing that a win would guarantee us a place in the knock out stages. Although there was nothing to worry about in terms of the strength of batting or bowling from our opponents they did the basics extremely well and some excellent batting from them coupled with a below par fielding display from ourselves saw them clock up a mammoth 114 runs. We did our best to chase the total down but some extremely accurate bowling restricted us to just 61 runs.
In our final match we faced Ralph Thoresby and as they had also won one and lost one it was a winner take all match to see who would progress to the knockout stage. Once again we bowled first and some inaccurate bowling coupled with some poor discipline in the field saw us concede 105 runs. We knew that we may have blown our chances of progressing but were determined to go down fighting. The run chase started very positively and we always had a chance of chasing down the massive total set. Unfortunately two low scoring overs saw us come up just ten runs short of the total! If we had bowled and fielded anywhere near our best we would have undoubtedly won this match.
Nonetheless we finished third in our group and what is in truth an inexperienced team did themselves and the School proud. They can deservedly call themselves one of the best six Cricket sides in Yorkshire. To be able to say that is an unbelievable achievement. Hopefully we can go one step better in the outdoor season.