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Samuel Laycock cricket stars claim silver medals at Old Trafford tournament
Monday 17th October 2016 @ 14:31 by Mark Phillip
Ashton Sports

The inaugural inter county SEN schools cricket festivals were held at Emirates Old Trafford on Thursday 13th October.

Schools representing Lancashire, Cheshire and Yorkshire competed in two festivals, one for pupils with Severe Learning Disabilities or Physical Disabilities (SLD/PD) and one for pupils with Moderate Learning Disabilities (MLD). After defeating all before them at the qualifying tournaments in June, Tameside’s Samuel Laycock were chosen to represent the red rose of Lancashire.


SLD/PD Festival:

Samuel Laycock School (Lancashire), The Russett School (Cheshire) and Beckfoot School (Yorkshire) competed in a round robin festival. Samuel Laycock and Russett kicked off proceedings in a close encounter, which the visiting Cheshire team won by 10 runs. Russett then defeated Beckfoot to maintain their 100% record, before Samuel Laycock showed great improvement to beat Beckfoot in the third and last game of the festival. Samuel Laycock scored a highly impressive 267 from just eight overs before taking eight wickets to restrict the visiting Yorkshire school to jut 205.

Gold – The Russett School (Cheshire)
Silver- Samuel Laycock (Lancashire)
Bronze – Beckfoot (Yorkshire)


MLD Festival:

Samuel Laycock (Lancashire), Southfield (Yorkshire) and Greenbank (Cheshire) contested the MLD festival. Samuel Laycock and Southfield contested the closest game of the day in the opening fixture, with Samuel Laycock winning by just one run. After posting 254 runs, the Samuel Laycock bowling was tight and restricted the visitors from over the Pennines to 253. Greenbank then defeated Southfield in another close game to set up a winner takes all encounter with Samuel Laycock. Samuel Laycock batted first and posted 238, but the Cheshire outfit proved too strong and passed the total before completing their innings on 251.

Gold – Greenbak (Cheshire)
Silver – Samuel Laycock (Lancashire)
Bronze – Southfield (Yorkshire)


Rob Tipping, Disability Cricket Officer for the Lancashire Cricket Board, said: “It is great that three counties can work together to achieve the first indoor cricket festival.

“Plans are afoot to develop the festival and stage a similar event outdoors next July in Yorkshire before returning to Emirates Old Trafford for an indoor festival next October.”