Howzat for Success? Samuel Laycock Crowned Cricket Champions
Tuesday 21st June 2016 @ 12:04 by Mark Phillip
Ashton

Pupils from Samuel Laycock School, Ashton, are currently celebrating two impressive cricket victories.

Lancashire Cricket Club organise two Disability Tournaments each year at Middleton Cricket Club.

The format is Kwik cricket which uses a simplified form of the game to teach and encourage the basics of the game.

Players bat in pairs with each pair getting the same amount of batting time each.

When a player is ‘out’ they change ends but lose five runs from their score.

Every player bowls one over, and runs are scored in the usual manner.

Samuel Laycock entered both the MLD and SLD competition as they have pupils from both categories.

Both teams played very well and came out winners of both tournaments.

P.E. teacher Ernie Greenwood explained: “our aim was to put into practice the basics we had been learning about from the three areas of Cricket; batting , bowling and fielding.

“I see this as a chance to test what we have taught.

“Although it’s great to win, our ethos is always that we want our pupils to do their best and behave in a way that promotes good sportsmanship.

“The rest is icing on the cake.

“We are proud of what these pupils achieved this week.”

The Tuesday group were invited to play Merseyside Schools at Alder on Merseyside.

Both teams will represent Lancashire Cricket in October against Yorkshire and Cheshire at Old Trafford Cricket Ground.

Organiser Rob Tipping was pleased with the two days and said: “We put these tournaments on because the pupils clearly love playing Cricket .It’s rewarding to see pupils who have been taught the basics having such a good time taking part in Sport.”