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Tuesday, 30 June 2015

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Furness kids master Kwik Cricket

BATTALIONS of young cricketers invaded the pitches at Barrow and Furness to battle it out in a pair of Kwik Cricket festivals.

The primary school children, from throughout the Furness area, provided two days of intense, high-quality competition on the outfields, with the aim of reaching the Cumbria finals.

Yarlside Junior School emerged victorious in the Barrow festival, with Pennington School winning at Furness, and the pair earning their spots in the county showdown at Penrith on Friday.

Cumbria Cricket Board coach Alastair McDougall, who organised the events and spent the previous 10 weeks spending time with each of the 24 schools who took part, was thrilled with the success of the events.

He said: “We got a little bit wet with the rain on the Tuesday, but it was fine on the Wednesday and the standard of the kids was really good throughout.

“We had 24 schools taking part and that means we are second in the country for the level of participation, which is excellent.

“The kids behaved really well and I think Yarlside especially have a great chance to make the top four in Cumbria and go on to the regional finals.”

Yarlside beat Dane Ghyll to win the final of the Barrow event, with Pennington defeating Holy Family to triumph at Furness.

McDougall thanked both Barrow and Furness CCs for hosting the tournaments and the use of their facilities.

The festivals will be followed up by a girls Kwik Cricket event at Dalton CC on June 24 and a series of camps during the summer holidays.

They are aimed at children aged between seven and 11 and will take place at Barrow CC on July 25 and 26 and August 30 and 31, and at Dalton CC on August 4 and 5.

For more information on those camps, contact the Cumbria Cricket Board on 015395 60066.

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