Congratulations go to Casterton Primary School from Burnley for winning the Girls Kwik Cricket County Final at Northern CC on Tuesday 05 July 2016. Casterton won all 6 of their matches to take the title defeating Gilded Hollins from Wigan in the final.
22 schools from up and down the county descended on Northern CC in Liverpool representing their boroughs as winners of local competitions and qualifying for the county final. 220 girls competed in group matches with winners and runners up of each group going on to the quarter final stage. Casterton took their good form finishing top of their group by defeating Mayfield Primary from Oldham in the quarters.
The semis saw Casterton just edge Orrell St James from Wigan out and in the other semi Gilded Hollins had convincing win over Benjamin Hargreaves Primary from Hyndburn. The final saw Casterton scoring 281 to Gilded Hollins’s 246 to be crowned 2016 champions.
Mark Dutton, Casterton Primary, said: “I’m absolutely delighted for the girls winning the 2016 Girls Kwik Cricket County Final, this is an excellent achievement. We came through to the county final by winning a tough Burnley District competition against 20 other schools.
“At Casterton we’ve given the girls the same opportunities in cricket as the boys and have provided time and space for them in the school yard to play. Some of them go on to play at our after school mixed sessions and we also have good links with Burnley CC and Lowerhouse CC, where some of the girls continue to play and it’s great to see that a couple have been invited to county trials at Under 11 age group.”
Rudra Singh, Education Manager for the Lancashire Cricket Board, added: “Kwik Cricket is a fun way for children of primary school age to experience cricket. Its emphasis is always on participation, enjoyment and fair play and it was pleasing to see that in abundance at the competition.
“My thanks go to all the children that took part and more importantly to the teachers for their continued hard work and support in schools giving these girls the opportunities to play cricket. I would also like to thank Northern CC for hosting and making it a memorable day for everyone concerned.”
You can see a short video of interviews from the day here.
Report courtesy of Lancashire Cricket Board