Ormskirk School & Siddal Moor Victorious
Northern CC once again was the venue for this year’s Chance To Compete County Finals.
Chance to Compete is a national competition for secondary schools that take part in the Cricket Foundation's Chance to Shine cricket programme. Local borough wide festivals are held throughout the County and the schools are then entered in a County wide draw the 4 best U15s (Y9 & Y10) and U13s (Y7 & Y8) schools to compete in the County Finals.
In the U13s category Ormskirk School (West Lancashire), Sidal Moor Sports College (Rochdale), Darwen Aldridge Community Academy (Blackburn with Darwen) and Hope Academy (St Helens) competed in the County Final.
In the first semi-final Ormskirk School played against Darwen Aldridge and it was Darwen that took first use of the crease, scoring a competitive 62-4 from their allotted overs. In reply Ormskirk quickly reached the total in 5.4 overs.
In the other semi-final Hope Academy batted first amassing 60 runs from their 8 overs however the very impressive Sidal Moor outfit knocked off the score in 4.3 overs.
The results set up an Ormskirk v Sidal Moor Final, Ormskirk lost the toss and were asked to bat. Crowley, Hepke and Lancashire Girls U13s all-rounder Erin Staunton Turner all retired on 20 which helped Ormskirk to a very healthy 110 runs from their 8 overs. The Sidal Moor reply was steady but just didn't quite keep up with the run rate early on in the innings with Campbell and Morley both retiring in the final over.
Ormskirk School now go on to the North of England Regional Finals to represent Lancashire at York CC in July.
3rd v 4th place play off saw Hope Academy take on Darwen Aldridge Academy. Hope Academy batted first and scored 84 runs with both Nolan and Peplow retiring. In reply Darwen Academy got off to a flyer as the ball was manipulated to all parts by Ahmed and Wahab. However some tight bowling by Cartwright at the death saw the Blackburn with Darwen school fall just 5 runs short of their total.
The U15s category competition was close to not taking place with a couple of schools not able to attend, which left just 2 schools.
It was decided that King David High School (Liverpool) and Sidal Moor Sports College (Rochdale) would play a 2 innings per side contest with the team batting first, batting last in the second innings.
King David won the toss and elected to bat and scored a competitive total of 67 in their first innings. In reply Sidal Moor piled on the runs and at the end of their first innings and were some 18 runs in front.
Sidal Moor batted again and left King David 101 runs to win. Ryan and Doyle from King David rediscovered their form as they took quick singles and hit boundaries to retire on 22 and 24 respectively. Daulby and Stringer sacrificed their wickets in the heat of the chase, whilst Gill (18 not out) and Shields (10 not out) helped King David finish just 2 runs behind the required total.
Sidal Moor Sports College now go on to represent Lancashire at the North of England Regional Final at York CC before the end of term.
The Lancashire Cricket Board would like to thank The Cricket Foundation, all the schools that took part in this year’s tournament and The Northern Club for hosting the event. Thanks must also go to The LCB Association of Cricket Officials who provided the umpires and also the LCB staff that helped on the day.
Shaun Anders (Competitions Officer)
Images from the day available on the right in Image gallery