School’s cricket stars pick up trophy a year late

Back row, from left: Andrew Hodgkinson (teacher), Sam Frith (vice-captain), Darren Wills, Theo Gardner, Thomas Parkinson, Sam Barfoot, Steve Holdup (head teacher). Front row, from left: Bradley Kennon, Joel Jackson, Kyle Gill (captain), Jack Huntington. Absent from photo are Jack Thompson, Sam Hollingdrake and Matthew Taylor.
Back row, from left: Andrew Hodgkinson (teacher), Sam Frith (vice-captain), Darren Wills, Theo Gardner, Thomas Parkinson, Sam Barfoot, Steve Holdup (head teacher). Front row, from left: Bradley Kennon, Joel Jackson, Kyle Gill (captain), Jack Huntington. Absent from photo are Jack Thompson, Sam Hollingdrake and Matthew Taylor.

A school has picked up a prestigious county cricket trophy a year late.

Dallam School’s under 15 side beat Queen Elizabeth School Kirkby Lonsdale in the delayed final of the 2012 Lords Taverners’ Cricketers Colts competition.

A total of 37 schools set out at the start of the competition with the final postponed until last month due to bad weather.

The victors made 152 for 7 from their 25 overs in the final on May 18.

And it proved too strong for their Kirkby Lonsdale adversaries who were bowled out for just 87.

Dallam’s PE teacher Andrew Hodgkinson, who looked after the team, said: “The boys play a lot of cricket, with four of them representing the district, and we saw some great performances.

“Their strategy was to bat first and put the opposition under pressure with a high score and that worked very well for them in this delayed final.

“I am enormously proud that the team has won this trophy.

“It shows that we have some outstanding performers.”

The youngsters won’t be able to rest on their laurels for long and will immediately set about defending their title in the 2013 competition.