Shawlands Primary Crowned Drax Cup Champions
Shawlands Primary School from Barnsley were crowned 2014 Drax Cup champions in the finals at Headingley Cricket Ground in Leeds.
The team beat Lingfield Primary from Middlesbrough by 43 runs to lift the trophy after a tense 1-run victory over Driffield Junior in the semis. Lingfield beat Low Ash Primary from Shipley by 47 runs to reach the final.
In the final, Shawlands’ batted first and followed a strong innings with some impressive fielding from the Barnsley team to restrict Lingfield’s scoring.
A play-off to decide third and fourth place saw Low Ash beat Driffield by 12 runs.
Shawlands received the trophy from Katherine Brunt, England strike bowler and a member of the Ashes-winning team this year, who is also from Barnsley and acts as an ambassador for the Drax Cup.
The schools took to the pitch prior to Yorkshire Vikings v Durham Jets in the NatWest T20 Blast. Three members from Shawlands helped out as flag bearers during the pre-match team introduction.
This is the first time a school from South Yorkshire has won the cup since High View Learning Centre, also from Barnsley, in 2008.
For Driffield it was the third year of missing out on the trophy, having finished third last year and runners-up in 2012.
The Drax Cup is the biggest under 9s cricket competition in the UK and is open to schools from across Yorkshire and Teesside. Teams play in a series of events to produce four area winners from the North, South, East and West. These four teams then play the 2014 Drax Cup Finals at Headingley Cricket Ground.
The competition is sponsored by Drax and organised in partnership with Yorkshire Cricket.