Lowes hit new heights
Lowes Wong Primary School became the new ASDA Kwik Cricket Girls Champions at Headingley Carnegie Cricket Ground.
The school, from Southwell in Nottinghamshire, beat St Alphege of Warwickshire in a keenly contested final to take the title.
In the semi-finals Lowes Wong beat Holt Farm, their 263 for two being 53 too many for their Essex opponents, while St Alphege finished on 242 for two against Tavernspite to complete a 20-run victory.
Teams from as far afield as Penzance and the Isle of Wight arrived at a damp Headingley and further showers forced the group games to be played in Yorkshire's Indoor Cricket Centre.
With superb organisation from the ESCA team and good all-round co-operation from parents and teachers the group stages were completed after lunch, and with the sun shining brightly the four semi finalists took to the outfield of the famous Test match ground for the final stages of the competition.
Congratulations to the winners for an excellent team effort but also to all of the girls participating in what was the first final held at a Test match ground.
The medals and trophies were presented by England stars Katherine Brunt and Sarah Taylor, fresh from their visit to Downing Street in celebration their recent retention of the Ashes.
In stark contrast to the girls' final, the Mixed Year 6 Finals Day started on time and outside in bright the Yorkshire sun.
A very well attended event saw cricket of a very high quality played by talented youngsters from all over England and Wales.
The excellent standard was replicated in the final where Bengeo (Hertfordshire) and Dale (Derbyshire), both unbeaten, delivered a fitting climax to the tournament.
Batting first Bengeo set a competitive 240 for one, proving that the key to winning short format cricket matches is steady accumulation of runs.
In reply Dale struggled against another good bowling attack and despite some big hitting fell five runs short.
St Luke's from Staffordshire and Chantry of Northumberland were the losing semi-finalists.