Ormskirk School U13 won the inaugural Under 13s West Lancs Inter school cricket tournament which was hosted by Skelmersdale cricket club.
Six schools from the district entered. Ormskirk School, Burscough Priory, Our Lady’s Queen of Peace, Tarleton, Uphollland and Glenburn.
After some hard fought preliminary rounds Ormskirk School beat Our Lady’s in one semi-final and Tarleton beat Burscough Priory in the other.
The standard of cricket on the day was very high and all games were competitive with some nail biting finishes.
In the final Ormskirk School won the toss and decided to bowl first. Tarleton made a great start to the game by scoring 10 runs with the loss of no wicket in the first of their 10 over innings.
After the first over Ormskirk School took a grip of the game and reduced Tarleton to 35 all out. Although Tarleton set a low target their bowling attack was very strong.
However, Sam Hepke and Nicky Rout batted superbly. They got their heads down and played with patience in defence and flair and aggression when on the attack.
Ormskirk hit the winning runs in the 5th over having only lost one wicket after a mix up in the middle which saw Sam Hepke run out at the bowlers end.
The tournament was a great success and a lot of that was down to Skelmersdale CC who hosted the event.
As well as the tournament the club provided coaching for all the children who entered the competition.
They also provided a spectacular trophy for the winners and medals for all competitions on the day.
Skelmersdale CC was a great place to host the event. The facilities are second to none.
Many pupils on the day took advantage of the high standard of coaching and facilities available which included the use of practice nets, bowling machines and fielding equipment.
The success of this tournament will now lead to an annual tournament and the addition of other age group competitions.
The future of cricket in West Lancs is certainly looking bright.