Third time lucky for Bispham

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Graeme Swann watched on as Bispham Drive Junior School won the ASDA Kwik Cricket Tournament - a victory which prompted wild celebrations.

The winners, who are based in Nottinghamshire, excelled in the field, particularly in the final where they beat Wollescote from the West Midlands.

In that game, which was played in the indoor school at Derbyshire's County Ground due to an afternoon downpour, Bipsham took 11 wickets - some feat considering each side only bats for eight overs per match.

When batting, Bispham, captained by Sam Conners, held their nerve even if onlooking parents became a little fraught.

"It was nerve wracking," said Jim Oldham, who teaches cricket at the school.

"The silly things they do when they get close to winning is amazing. All the parents, they couldn't look, I was pacing the floor - it was an awful feeling but great now.

"I have trained these kids for three or four seasons and it culminates in them coming here today.

"The school will be very proud of them I'm sure. It's the third time we have reached the national finals in nine years - it's the third time lucky.

"They fielded and bowled brilliantly today. They didn't need to bat in the final because they weren't chasing many runs. They made easy work of it."

Oldham added that the victorious boys are all encouraged to play cricket outside of school and that Kwik Cricket has been an excellent introduction to the sport.

"It's great. When you come to our school at at seven years old and you don't know anything about cricket, it [Kwik Cricket] is ideal for them.

"They all bat for two overs and bowl for two overs. They just love it."