MORE than one hundred children from Ulverston and Barrow took part in a competition for primary schools in the sunshine at Barrow Cricket Club’s Ernest Pass ground

Thirteen schools took part and they were split into groups to go head-to-head to decide who reached the knockout stages.

The children were in Years Five and Six and aged between nine and 11, from primary schools including: Croftlands, Chetwynde, Sir John Barrow, Greengate and South Walney.

Development officer at Cumbria Cricket Jake Woods, who helped organise the event, said: “It’s a good day out and nice to see lots of smiles on faces.”

Woods said: “It’s brilliant, I run two of these events every year and I’ve been getting some really positive feedback.”

With the Cricket World Cup in full swing around the country, Woods added: “We’ve been linking the games to the Cricket World Cup and it has inspired some of the kids to get involved outside of school and join the cricket club.”

Several of the young cricketers involved in the competition have been up into Cumbria’s various age groups.

The 2019 Cricket World Cup is the 12th edition of the competition.

It features ten teams, a decrease from previous World Cups in 2011 and 2015 which featured 14 national sides.

The hosts, England, and the top seven other teams in the ICC One Day International rankings as of 30 September 2017 earned automatic qualification, with the remaining two spots being decided by the 2018 Cricket World Cup Qualifiers.

Barrow Cricket Club runs three junior teams, including under-15s, under-13s and under-11s, who train on Wednesday evenings from 6pm-7:30pm.

The competition was eventually won by Pennington, of Ulverston, who defeated Victoria Academy in the final.