Drax 2015 Write Up

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High View knocks Shawlands for 6!
By Dean Smith –YCB Community Cricket Coach
On Thursday 30th April, The Annual Barnsley Y3/4 Drax finals took place at Shaw Lane. 17 teams from
12 schools took part in the event this year battling through the cold winds performing some great
cricketing abilities throughout the day. One of those teams was Shawlands Primary (last year’s
Yorkshire Drax Champions).
The teams were split up into 4 groups all playing in a round robin format during the morning.
Defending champions Shawlands showed there pedigree scoring 260 in their first game with
Churchfield’s B team replying with only 74. In Group B High View (last years Barnsley Drax runners
up) also set the tone in their group scoring 191 in their first game and restricting Worsborugh
Common A to 74. Some great cricket was being played on all 8 pitches it was hard to stick to just
watching one game, with a wicket being taken in one game a six was being hit in another. After the
round robin games had been completed the children sat down for lunch and the results were read
out and the schools found who was to advance through to the quarter finals in the afternoon.
The results were as follows:
Group A
Shawlands A
Upperwood Academy
Barugh Green
Churchfield B
+ Runs
573
475
401
261
Pts
9
7
5
3
Group B
High View A
Penistone St John B
Wombwell Park Street
Worsborough Common A
+ Runs
539
433
409
209
Pts
9
6
6
3
Group C
Burton Road
Millhouse
High View B
Churchfield A
+ Runs
463
476
406
366
Pts
9
7
5
3
Group D
Thurgoland
Penistone St John A
Joseph Locke
Shawlands B
Worsborough Common B
+ Runs
586
551
559
462
434
Pts
12
10
8
6
4
Quarter Finals
Shawlands A v Millhouse
Defending Champions Shawlands saw off Millhouse in the first quarter final, Millhouse batting first
were set to post a challenging target until the final over where they lost two wickets in two balls
reducing their score to 129. Shawlands Romped to victory with a reply of 195.
High View A v Penistone St Johns A
High View A saw off Penistone St Johns B in their quarter final scoring 211 in their innings and took
wickets left right and centre in Penistone’s innings who could only score 104.
Burton Road v Upperwood Academy
Upperwood took 7 wickets during Burton Roads innings who could only post 95 runs. Upperwood
batted sensibly not losing a wicket scoring many boundaries and advancing through to the semifinals with 167 runs.
Thurgoland v Penistone St Johns B
4’s and 6’s were being scored by both teams and the scores would have been very close if it wasn’t
for Penistone St Johns taking 6 wickets during Thurgoland’s innings limiting their score to 142,
Penistone going through with 166 runs.
Semi Finals
The semi-finals saw Group A and Group B winners and runners up face each other again, showers
that were forecasted didn’t affect the quality of cricket being played and in fact helped the ball zip
the boundary even more.
Shawlands A v Upperwood Academy
A Tightly contested game was played by these two schools, Upperwood posted 136 and started their
bowling innings off perfectly getting two wickets in the first over, Shawlands battled back and were
leading by 10 runs going into the final over. The pressure was on, and Upperwood added that
pressure by taking two wickets bringing the scores level, but Shawlands scored two single to book
their place in the final winning by 2 runs scoring 138.
High View A v Penistone St Johns B
High view carried on their big hitting scoring 6’s all over the field and posted 218 in their innings and
carried on their good form by taking 8 wickets during Penistone’s innings restricting them to 107.
Final
High View A v Shawlands A
These two teams know each other all too well as this was a repeat of last year’s final; Shawlands
being victorious last time and going onto become overall Yorkshire Champions at Headingley.
However High View was looking for revenge and duly got it. Batting first High View did what they did
best scoring 6’s for fun on their way to posting 180 in their innings. Shawlands fought hard during
their innings but the high run chase was too much for them scoring only 132.
Both Schools will advance to the South Yorkshire Finals, which is part of the School games on July 1st
at Rotherham Town CC.
Thank you to all schools for taking part and competing at such a high level, and also thank you to the
leaders from Darfield Cricket Academy for umpiring and scoring during the day.
High View A (winners)
Shawlands (Runners-up)
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